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Spring 1 2008

Dr. J. Salomon
2.5 credits
Lectures, lab. Two 2-hour sessions and one 2-hour optional lab each week.

This course is designed to introduce students to the definition and measurement of population health. The primary objective is to provide an overview of the conceptual, methodological and empirical basis for quantifying levels of health in individuals and populations, including the construction of a range of different summary measures that combine information on mortality and non-fatal health outcomes. The course aims to give students an understanding of the technical basis for measurement in international work on population health; and to give students an appreciation of the uses and limitations of these methods in policy-making and priority-setting, particularly in developing countries. Practical training will be given through homework exercises and a final exam. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of Excel or an equivalent spreadsheet package. Other packages such as Stata will be introduced during the course for those with no previous experience. Required for MS and doctoral students in the department of Population and International Health. Useful for MPH students interested in the construction, interpretation and application of health indicators
Course Note: PIH 220: Introduction to Demographic Methods or permission of instructor. Optional lab meets Fridays from 10:30 to 12:20 in LL6.


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Spring 1 2007

Dr. J. Salomon
2.5 credits
Lectures, lab. Two 2-hour sessions and one 2-hour lab each week.

This course is designed to introduce students to the definition and measurement of population health. The primary objective is to provide an overview of the conceptual, methodological and empirical basis for quantifying levels of health in individuals and populations, including the construction of a range of different summary measures that combine information on mortality and non-fatal health outcomes. The course aims to give students an understanding of the technical basis for measurement in international work on population health; and to give students an appreciation of the uses and limitations of these methods in policy-making and priority-setting, particularly in developing countries. Practical training will be given through homework exercises and a final exam. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of Excel or an equivalent spreadsheet package. Other packages such as Stata will be introduced during the course for those with no previous experience. Required for MS and doctoral students in the department of Population and International Health. Useful for MPH students interested in the construction, interpretation and application of health indicators
Course Note: PIH 220: Introduction to Demographic Methods or permission of instructor. (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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