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Population Dynamics and Public Health

Course Status

East Baltimore
Summer Term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Hybrid In-person and Asynchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Thursday, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year


Public Health is a population science, and gaining an understanding of how trends and patterns of births, deaths and migrations determine the size, age-sex structure and location of populations is a critical foundation for all work in the other public health disciplines.
Provides an introduction to population dynamics, the processes by which populations change, as a foundation for understanding population health. Teaches how births, deaths, and migrations determine the size, growth, age-sex structure, and geographic location of populations. Reviews the proximate and indirect causes of population change and assess their socioeconomic, environmental, and public health consequences. Calculates and interprets basic measures used to describe populations and measure population dynamics, and learn the main sources of population data and their strengths and limitations.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe global and nation-specific trends in population size, age-sex structure, and geographic distribution
  2. Describe global and nation-specific trends in fertility and discuss the proximate determinants and most important indirect determinants of these trends
  3. Describe global and nation-specific trends in mortality and discuss some of the factors that explain mortality differentials among populations
  4. Explain how changes in fertility, mortality, and migration determine population growth and age-sex structure
  5. Summarize the interrelationships among economic development, population and health policies, and population dynamics
  6. Recognize the impact of population growth on the global environment
  7. Calculate and interpret the basic measures used to describe populations and measure population dynamics
  8. Identify selected sources of population data and describe their strengths and limitations
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 72% Quizzes
  • 28% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
Full-time MPH Students Only
Special Comments

All students will meet on the first Thursday of the term from 1:30-3:20. In weeks 2-7, students will meet in their assigned lab sections. Sections 1-3 meet from 1:30 to 3:00 PM; Sections 4-6 meet from 3:30 to 5:00 PM