FUNDAMENTALS OF LIFE TABLES Syllabus
Course Learning ObjectivesUpon successfully completing this course, students will be able to - Calculate and interpret demographic measure, - Create and utilize lexis diagrams, - Construct, know assumptions behind and interpret single and multiple decrement life tables, as well as multi-state life tables, - Become familiar with demographic databases, how to access them and how to use them with basic programming in R
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.
Masters or Doctoral students interested in learning about Life Tables/ Population Studies
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Homework, Quizzes, and Final Exam
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
380.603 Demographic Methods in Public Health and 380.600 Principles of Population Change are both highly recommended.
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Disability Support Services
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