Demographic Methods for Health
This seminar will cover basic demographic theory and methods, including population dynamics, fertility, mortality, migration, urbanization, aging, and family structure. The emphasis will be on how and why understanding these factors is important for public health practitioners and researchers. Furthermore, students will gain experience applying basic demographic methods to public health problems on a weekly basis in labs and through a small data analysis project of their own.
At the end of this course, scholars will be able to:
- Understand the basics of demographic theory and methods, including population dynamics, fertility, mortality, migration, urbanization, aging, and family structure;
- Understand the importance of demographics for public health practitioners; and
- Describe how certain demographic phenomenon affect disease burden
Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MSc
Course content will be delivered through weekly interactive lectures. These will take place on Wednesday from 8:45 AM to 10:15 PM, Sept. 15 to Dec. 1.
All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.
Grading will be based on the presentation of 1 paper in class (10%), completion of each lab (5% each x 8 = 40%), class participation (20%) and a short final paper and presentation (<=5 pages) (30%) where the students apply one of the methods learned in class to an existing data set to explore a question of interest to them.
To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Course fees are covered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The deadline for application is September 3, 2021. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.
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