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Demographic Methods for Measuring Health and Longevity


East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Stephane Helleringer
Stephane Helleringer

Covers demographic methods commonly used to understand how long people live and how this varies over time, across space, and between population groups. Explores the construction of life tables to calculate life expectancy, and understand its determinants. Introduces multi-state methods to calculate what proportion of their life individuals spend in good health, or affected by various illnesses and limitations. Emphasizes the practical application of these methods to the analysis of several large demographic datasets.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Calculate and interpret life expectancy and other demographic measures
  2. Construct and interpret single and multiple decrement life tables, as well as multi-state life tables, for describing demographic and health processes
  3. Implement these demographic methods across large data sets in commonly used statistical software packages (Stata, R)
Methods of Assessment:

Homework, Quizzes, and Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required