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Population Dynamics and Demography

Code 13529
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Biomedical Sciences
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes The main objective is to enable the student with measurement instruments and analysis of demographic phenomena on the basis of available statistical data. They are still objectives of this module, provide knowledge on key determinants of population dynamics and provide knowledge of the basic techniques of demographic analysis, including methods of calculation / estimation of some key indicators.

At the end of this course, students must:
1) Be able to reflect on the structural aspects of population dynamics;
2) Be able to reflect around an overview of the demographic phenomena to understand the population component of the Transition Health;
3) Being able to interpret the indicators relating to demographic phenomena;
4) Be able to build generic indicators suitable to the characterization of the population - health interventions targeted
Syllabus 1) Population dynamics - movement and structure: Population growth. Exogenous and endogenous renewal. Migration, deaths and newborns . Structure by sex and age. Balance between sex. Time, age and generation. Distribution of events by age in time. Longitudinal demographic observation. Description of demographic processes from the concept of generation. Mortality analysis. Health factors. Cross principles of analysis and calculation of time indicators. Crude rates, and birth rates by age (calculation). The AVPP. Birth and fertility. Breeding, reproduction. Generations replacement.

2) Dynamics of world, European and Portuguese populations: Evolution of the population in the last century. Emergence of new problems. The Demographic Transition theory. Epidemiological transition. Transition rhythms of growth. The world population evolution. The "demographic momentum" and likely scenarios of future evolution. Demography of European populations: Aging health impacts.
Main Bibliography NAZARETH, J. Manuel, Introdução à Demografia, Ed. Presença, Lisboa, 1996.
CASELLI, G., VALLIN, J. WUNSH, G., Demography: Analysis and Synthesis, A Treatise in Population Studies (Volume 1-4), Elsevier, 2005
LÉVY, Michel Louis, Déchiffrer la Démographie, Ed. Syros, Alternatives Economiques, 1997.
NEWELL, Colin, Methods and models in demography, The Guilford Press, New York, 1988.
RATZAN, Scott C., FILERMAN ,Gary L., LESAR, John W., “Attaining Global Health: Challenges and opportunities”, Population Bulletin, vol. 55, no. 1 (Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau, March 2000
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2018-07-24

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