This programme provides an understanding of the problems posed by population changes and health dynamics in the contemporary world, giving students a deep understanding of population and health trends and competing explanations.
The programme covers the issues of population and health from an interdisciplinary perspective, including geographic, demographic, sociological, environmental and epidemiological approaches to the topics. Students receive a solid methodological training in, for example:
- Data Analysis Strategies and Techniques: Social survey analysis, Textual analysis, Descriptive statistics, Multivariate regression, Logistic regression;
- Demographic Theory and Analysis: Life table analysis, Cohort component projection method, Spatial microsimulation
- Geographic Information Systems: Computer mapping (GIS), Data modelling;
- Spatial Analysis: Statistics as social constructs, Handling hierarchical data, Geodemographics, Spatial autocorrelation, Geographically Weighted Regression, Spatial interaction modelling, Small area estimation;
- Survival and Event History Analysis: Time-to-event data, Product-limit method, Regression methods for duration data.
The core course team are based in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Liverpool, which has an international reputation in population studies.
Aims of the course
- an understanding of the determinants of population and health dynamics in developed and in developing countries, and associated theories;
- an analytical skills base for the collection, management and use of population and health data;
- the opportunity to apply the knowledge and techniques of demographic, longitudinal and spatial analysis to the study of a particular population or health problem;
- training in a range of competences in population and health analysis as a platform for public and private sector employment or for more specialist (PhD) research in the field.
The course will be attractive to those with an interest in population and health studies, including:
- recent graduates interested in the issues of population ageing and health inequalities;
- overseas students, particularly those who are interested in the links between rapid societal and environmental changes and health dynamics;
- intending PhD students, to gain relevant research training;
- in-service professionals already working in the health sector who would benefit from advanced training.
Part-time study over two years is an option.