380.650.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Vladimir Canudas-Romo
  • Course Learning Objectives

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  • Course Description
    Participants learn to analyze population phenomena using demographic methods. Focuses on international comparisons of mortality trends, but students also study fertility and population growth changes. Presents training in life tables (including single, multiple-decrement and multi-state life tables), providing students an opportunity to explore the relations among functions in the life table and its applications to key population processes. Emphasizes the theoretical concepts underlying this methodology, as well as the practice of estimating demographically meaningful results. R is the common computing language in demography and statistics, and students develop essential computing and quantitative data manipulation skills. Course materials are presented interactively, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in manipulating the principal functions of a life table and become familiar with the type of research that can be based on them.
  • Intended Audience
    Masters or Doctoral students interested in learning about Life Tables/ Population Studies
  • Methods of Assessment
    Homework, Quizzes, and Final Exam
  • Prerequisites
    380.603 Demographic Methods in Public Health and 380.600 Principles of Population Change are both highly recommended.
  • Course Schedule

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  • Welcome Message

    Please look for the updated syllabus in the Online Library Files. Fundamentals of Life Tables is a requirement for the Demographic Methods Certificate, you can find more details about this certificate at the following link:

    Demographic Methods

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