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Global Population Change and Local Public Health Needs: Problem Solving Seminar

Course Status

3rd Term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
World population will reach 8 billion sometime in 2023. For the first time, persons over age 65 outnumber persons under age 5. There were 272 million international migrants in 2019, and the proportion who were refugees or asylum-seekers increased. Within nations, rural-to-urban migration concentrates ever-larger shares of the population in cities. How will these global trends affect the populations and thus the public health needs of local areas?
Describes global and national population trends, examines their causes, and considers their consequences. Explains why population change in a local area may differ from changes observed in the nation as a whole. Reviews major sources of population data and key measurement concepts. In a series of case studies, analyzes data to describe population changes in both domestic and international settings. Students use these data to develop a strategic plan for addressing the changing public health needs of a local population and to design a system-level intervention for meeting those needs.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe long-term trends in the size, composition, and distribution of the global population and the populations of selected nations
  2. Explain the causes of long-term trends in global and national populations and their actual and potential consequences
  3. Explain the reasons population trends in sub-national areas may differ from population trends in the nation as a whole
  4. Identify and extract publicly available population data for local areas in the United States and apply the general skills gained to use data from other nations
  5. Analyze local population data to describe population change and public health needs in a specific local area
  6. Create a data-based strategic plan for addressing local public health needs
  7. Design a system-level intervention to address a local public health issue
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 9% LiveTalks
  • 12% Discussion Board
  • 30% Written Assignment(s)
  • 37% Project(s)
  • 12% Quizzes