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Topics and Techniques in International Population Health: An Introduction and Overview

Course Date: June 6

Days: M (11:00 AM-2:00 PM)

International and comparative population research is a key cornerstone of population science and demography. International and comparative research is essential: 1. to learn the variations in population dynamics across different populations; 2. to predict the future of global population trends; and 3. to test hypotheses across widely varying context and determine the limits on forces producing population change. This five-day workshop on international and comparative population research begins with a review of the field and deep-dive into data creation for this science. Although students are encouraged to attend all 5 days of the workshop, students may attend any combination of the 5 days to meet their training needs. Each day of the workshop is structured as an independent, ½-day, short course. Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) will be used as a featured example and compared to other international population studies as appropriate for the topics. The workshop will meet daily June 6 – June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

Topics and Techniques in International Population Health: An Introduction and Overview

This is the first day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study. This overview course is designed to provide students with a general introduction to the field of international population research in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The first segment will summarize key issues in the history of international and comparative population research. The overview will treat topics of both conceptualization and measurement. On the conceptualization side, the course will explain the fundamental issues around “Reading History Sideways” using Thornton’s seminal work on this topic as the basis for our presentation. On measurement, we will begin by a focus on the science of measurement across cultures and languages. The course will integrate human subject protections, state-of-the-art survey methodology, and connections across substantive foci in international population research. For more information on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), visit: https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

For funding information please visit,  https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/news/

Instructor: William Axinn

Instructor: William G. Axinn