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This course introduces the basic elements of population studies, population size, composition, and distribution, and the causes and consequences of changes in these characteristics. An overview of demographic processes and measures used to assess them is presented. It also focuses on reproductive health issues in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa. Population policies and programs on population change will be analyzed for different countries.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: JHSPH Open

Course Curriculum

Lecture 1 Population Size Growth and Demographic Transition (Henry Mosley) 00:50:00
Lecture 2 Population Structure Composition and Distribution (Henry Mosley) 00:30:00
Lecture 3 Social and Economic Consequences of Population Growth (David Bishai) 00:50:00
Lecture 4 Fertility and Reproduction Data Sources and Measurement (Henry Mosley) 00:35:00
Lecture 5 Fertility Change Trends Differentials Determinants and Theories (Henry Mosley) 00:45:00
Lecture 6 Mortality and morbidity Data Sources and Measurement (Henry Mosley) 01:00:00
Lecture 7 Mortality Decline Trends Differentials Theories and Prospects (Henry Mosley) 00:30:00
module: 2
Lecture 8 Migration Sources of Data Measurement Trends in Time and Space Theories and Implications (Kenneth Hill) 00:45:00
Lecture 9 Urbanization Measurement Theories Trends and Prospects (Kenneth Hill) 00:40:00
Lecture 10 Reproductive Health Biological Processes and Contraceptive Technology (Robert Kambic) 00:40:00
Lecture 11 Components of Reproductive Health 01:00:00
Lecture 12 Fertility and Infertility Processes and Management (Robert Kambic) 00:30:00
Lecture 13 Population Policies and Programs (Henry Mosley) 00:55:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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