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Topics and Techniques in International Population Health: Child Health & Well-Being

Course Date: June 8

Days: W (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).

This is the third day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study. This course will also use the Demographic and Health Surveys as a case example, and highlight other datasets that can be used in this type of research. This short course introduces students to the study of contextual influences on child health and well-being in international contexts, specifically lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). After introducing essential concepts related to the study of family and community influences on children, the course will turn to an overview of international datasets for the study of child health and well-being, and review practical and analytical considerations in working with these data. We will provide an introduction to approaches to analyzing nested and clustered data. The course concludes with discussion of human subjects protections and ethical considerations with the collection of data from children. 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: Emily Treleaven