Course Descriptions


Population and Family Planning


I. HSC-548: Methods in Demography

Sources of Demographic Data :The different sources of data ,the advantages and disadvantages of each; Ratio, Rate, and Probability: Define and distinguish ratio, rate and probability, identify fundamental rates in demography (crude and specific rates),define crude birth rate, crude death rate and rate of natural increase; Population Composition: define and calculate indicators for the following characteristics: sex, age, race, marital status, education, and economic status, describe the distribution of a population using these various demographic characteristics; Mortality and Its Measurement: distinguish the different definitional matters ,define and calculate basic and specific mortality indicators;Standardization: indicate the purposes of standardization, define and distinguish between direct and indirect standardization, apply the methods and interpret the results;Life Table: construct a life table,contrast different life tables , use survival ratios to project and reverse survive populations;Measures of Marriage and Divorce:define and calculate indicators of marriage,define and calculate indicators of divorce;Fertility and its measurements:define and calculate measures of fertility based on vital statistics ,define and calculate measures of reproductivity based on vital statistics,define and calculate measures of fertility based on censuses and surveys,recognize the relationship among some fertility indicators,define and calculate indicators and models to measure birth intervals,be knowledgeable about various fertility models;Demography of developing countries with special reference to Bangladesh.
Reference:
i. Farhat Yusuf, Jo. M. Martins, David A. Swanson: Methods of Demographic Analysis Authors: ISBN: 978-94-007-6783-6 Print) 978-94-007-6784-3 (Online) Publisher: Springer; 2013.
ii. Henry S. Shryock, Jacob S. Siegel, and Associates (Condensed Edition by Edward G. Stockwell): The Methods and Materials of Demography.Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1980

II. HSC-549: Family Planning Programs & Contraception

History, concept, structure, economics, implementation and evaluation of family planning programs.Relationship of TFR and CPR, Bongaarts model, role of NGOs, consultant and government in family planning.Contraceptive technologies and options.Relationship of family planning and contraception with standard of living, education, religion, traditions and worldviews. This course will expose the student to the range of issues related to family planning, in order to provide a comprehensive knowledge base, an opportunity for skill development, and a context for clarification of values related to family planning.
Reference:
i. Lydia Quirologico-legue Maria feManguera-de Leon..: Text book on Family Planning (with an overview on populations, trends, problems and policies), Philippine Copyright, 2001, ISBN 971-23-3003-6.
ii. UtaLandy, Philip D. Darney, MD, MSc..: The Future of Contraception: The Future Leaders of Family Planning, 2011:S29-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.06.054.

III. HSC-550: Public Policies in Health Population and Economy

Population Methods and Issues in the developed and the Third World
Population trends and issues and basic demographic methods: Topics include fertility, mortality, and the demographic transition; population growth and the environment; infant mortality; sexuality and the control of fertility; trends in family structure; and aging. World population issues and potential problems in global perspective, key population theories and measures to understand the causes and consequences of this population growth, examination of demographic processes as mortality, fertility, migration, population aging, and the environment.
Analysis of Populations: Factors involved in regulation, growth, and general dynamics of populations. Data needed to describe populations, population growth, population models, and regulatory mechanisms. Standard methods of population analysis with a special focus on methods widely used for historical population research. Nature, extent of poverty, inequality, causes, consequences, impact of government programs and policies. Extent, causes of poverty/inequality in developed and developing countries.
Race, Gender, and Health Policy: How race and gender (as well as class and sexuality) intersect with and shape health policies.
Reproductive, Adolescent and Perinatal Health: Programs and Policies: Epidemiology, programs, services, and policies. Social, cultural, psychological, physiologic, environmental, economic, and political factors that affect reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbearing. Major public health issues of adolescents globally.
Fertility, Family Planning and Sexual Health: This course explores the issues of fertility, family planning, and sexual health from three literatures: demography, family sociology, and public health. Among other topics, will explore such issues as: the transition from high to low fertility across the globe; marital, non-marital and stepfamily childbearing; race/ethnic, class and age differences in childbearing; the social and programmatic context of HIV/AIDS; and policies and debates about sex education. The program will draw from literature and examples in developed and developing nations.
Reference:
i. Boylan, Michael:International Public Health Policy and Ethics.,2008
ii. Strech, Daniel, Hirschberg, Irene, Marckmann, Georg :Ethics in Public Health and Health Policy: Concepts, Methods, Case Studies, Series: Public Health Ethics Analysis, Vol. 1.2013.

IV. HSC-551: Migration & Health

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the determinants and impacts of internal and international migration and its consequences for health, population and development.
Topics to be covered include:
Migration, theories of migration – push vs pull; Population growth and migration; Demographic forces in international migration; Volume and characteristics of migration from developing countries; Economic globalization – international division of labour, trade and immigration policy; Emerging health challenges in the context of migration; Migration, public health and compulsory screening; Health worker migration and its development impact; Socioeconomic and racial differences in health; Migration of highly skilled persons: impact and policy issues; Migration, adaptation and settlement experiences; Forced migration and mental health; Migration, refugees and health risks; Migration and HIV/AIDS; Women and migration: The social consequences of gender.
Reference:
i. International Migration Health and Human Rights: Health and human rights publication series, issue no.4, December 2003.
ii. Dinesh Bhugra, SushamGupta:Migration and Mental Health,Cambridge University Press.

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