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Topics and Techniques in International Population Health: Studies of Community Context

Course Date: June 7

Days: T (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 second day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study. This short course reviews principles of contextual influence, conceptualization and measurement of dynamic characteristics of communities in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The course focuses on conceptualization and measurement of context including spatial distribution of community infrastructure, temporal dynamics (retrospective and prospective measure), and linking community level measures with household-, parent-, and individual- level measures.

This course will begin with an overview of mixed method data collection approaches for measuring local community context. These methodologies involve innovative tools designed to capture both spatial and temporal variation and change over time, such as the Neighborhood History Calendar technique, Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems, and Tablet/Computer based Interactive Maps. By the end of this course, participants will have an overview of measurement of context that will help them to design, understand, and evaluate contextual models. 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: Dirgha Ghimire