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Advanced Demographic Methods in Public Health


East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Li Liu

380.603 Demographic Methods for Public Health or instructor approval


Offer an enhanced understanding of population structure and population dynamics underlying any public health issues; Hone sophisticated and unique analytical skills: decomposition, capture-recapture, calculating mortality from scratch!; Broaden students’ horizons by providing both domestic and international applications; Serve as a gateway to advanced demographic studies and research

Covers six areas regarding population studies including: population composition, fertility, migration, population projections, an introduction to stable populations, and measures of population health. Draws examples from data from both developed and developing countries.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Decompose changes in rates into composition and rate effects
  2. Calculate and discuss basic measures of mortality and fertility from vital registration or birth history data
  3. Calculate and discuss measures of migration and residential segregation
  4. Calculate and discuss the correct uses of various measures in population health and health disparities
  5. Project a national or sub-national population
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Quizzes
  • 10% Participation
  • 40% Homework
  • 30% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Course is held in departmental space.