PA 8461 Global & US Perspective on Health & Mortality

There is plenty of space available in PA 8461 Global & US Perspectives on Health & Mortality. This is a 3 credit course offered this fall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:45 pm. Here is the link to the ClassInfo page The course is not offered in the spring semester and will probably not be offered during the 2017-2018 academic year.

No previous background in health or demography needed.

This course fulfills concentration requirements in Social Policy, Advanced Policy Analysis, Global Policy, and the university wide graduate minor in population studies.

Course Description
The health of populations in developing and developed countries is very different. When crafting policies that aim to improve population health, it is crucial to know how to measure health and how to think about the health needs of the specific population in question. This course will provide an overview to the factors driving health, mortality, and aging across different populations. In addition, students will learn the best sources of data and measures to use to describe the health status of a population. Furthermore, students will be able to assess policy options that address the health of their population.

At the end of the course, students will know answers to questions such as:
What are the major causes of death in developed vs. developing nations?
Why is life expectancy at birth often used to describe the health of a population?
Will we continue to live longer or is there a limit to increases in life expectancy? And what are the implications of longer and healthier lives for the viability of social security and other public policies?
Will women always live longer than men?Grading

Student option, no audit.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Audrey M. Dorélien
Assistant Professor ~ Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Faculty Member ~ Minnesota Population Center

234 Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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