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Demographic Methods for Public Health

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Teaches students the basic methods demographers use to describe populations and analyze population change. Introduces the concept of a population, describes the demographic approach to populations, and identifies sources of population data. Covers four sets of methods with broad applicability in public health: 1) techniques for describing population composition, distribution, and growth; 2) methods to compare populations (age-period-cohort approaches and standardization and decomposition of rates); 3) single-decrement life tables; and 4) the cohort-component method for population projection. Also covers the basic tools used to study the fundamental population processes of fertility, mortality, and migration.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze population growth, components of growth, composition, and distribution
  2. Differentiate and apply age, period, and cohort approaches to population data
  3. Utilize standardization to compare populations across time and space
  4. Create and interpret single-decrement life tables
  5. Project a population’s size and age-sex composition using the cohort-component method
  6. Calculate and interpret measures of mortality, fertility, and migration
  7. Locate appropriate sources of demographic data and describe their limitations
  8. Explain the role of quantitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health