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Spring 2 2008

Dr. A. Hill
2.5 credits
Lectures, case studies. Two 2-hour sessions each week.

This is a second level class which builds on the material covered in PIH 272 (Foundations of Global Population and Health) and PIH 220 (Introduction to Demographic Methods). It is required for all masters' students in the Department of Population and International Health, and for doctoral students in the Population and Reproductive Health Concentration. Students are introduced to the core literature in this field through lectures, readings presented in a course packet, case studies and other sources. Together, these provide a graduate-level introduction to the concepts underlying reproductive health and to the essential methods used for the analysis of fertility and reproductive problems. The emphasis throughout is on understanding the key processes, models and assumptions used primarily for the analysis of fertility and reproductive health in developing countries. Several case studies, including major interventions to improve reproductive health, are presented in detail. Practical training will be given through homework exercises, a mid-term and a final examination. Examples are drawn mostly from the Indian sub-continent, Africa and the Middle East. Required for MS students in Population and International Health, and PIH doctoral students in the population and reproductive health concentration. Useful for MPH students interested in fertility and reproductive health in developing countries.
Course Notes: There are no formal prerequisites for this course but students are expected to have a working knowledge of Excel or an equivalent spreadsheet package for the analysis and graphical display of demographic data. No auditors. (5.06)


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Spring 2 2007

Dr. A. Hill
2.5 credits
Lectures, case studies. Two 2-hour sessions each week.

This is a second level class which builds on the material covered in PIH 272 (Foundations of Global Population and Health) and PIH 220 (Introduction to Demographic Methods). It is required for all masters' students in the Department of Population and International Health, and for doctoral students in the Population and Reproductive Health Concentration. Students are introduced to the core literature in this field through lectures, readings presented in a course packet, case studies and other sources. Together, these provide a graduate-level introduction to the concepts underlying reproductive health and to the essential methods used for the analysis of fertility and reproductive problems. The emphasis throughout is on understanding the key processes, models and assumptions used primarily for the analysis of fertility and reproductive health in developing countries. Several case studies, including major interventions to improve reproductive health, are presented in detail. Practical training will be given through homework exercises, a mid-term and a final examination. Examples are drawn mostly from the Indian sub-continent, Africa and the Middle East. Required for MS students in Population and International Health, and PIH doctoral students in the population and reproductive health concentration. Useful for MPH students interested in fertility and reproductive health in developing countries.
Course Notes: There are no formal prerequisites for this course but students are expected to have a working knowledge of Excel or an equivalent spreadsheet package for the analysis and graphical display of demographic data. No auditors. (5.06)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

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