Introduction to Demographic Methods OpenCourseWare: Johns Hopkins University's Free Online Undergraduate Level Course on Demographic Analysis

Published Dec 19, 2008

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Analyze the way populations rise and fall in this free OpenCourseWare presented by Johns Hopkins University. 'Introduction to Demographic Methods' teaches students how demographic methods data is collected and analyzed, the effects of fertility and mortality on populations and how demography is determined. Though not required, an understanding of algebra, probability and calculus are recommended to students. All students seeking an undergraduate degree in statistics or a health care field can benefit from this course.

Introduction to Demographic Methods: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Demographic Methods: Course Description

A history of demographic data dating back to the Middle Ages is available! Making sense of this vast array of data presents a challenge. This OpenCourseWare teaches how data on life, death, marriage, divorce and census information is gathered and analyzed. Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. The course outlines what a census is and its uses. Students learn about the role of probability in conjunction with statistics on death, birth, marriage and divorce rates and their effect on the study of demographics. Students study changes in population over time and the ramifications of these changes. Johns Hopkins University professor, Stan Becker, Ph.D., teaches this lecture-based OpenCourseWare about demographic data, the way it's gathered and its usefulness.

Study materials, including lectures, notes and an audio accompaniment are available for free online. If you are interested in taking this free OpenCourseWare, visit the demographic methods course page.

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