Description: Examine the interrelationship between core population issues, public policy and health policy. A rigorous treatment of core population topics useful to designing effective policies. A broad array of population topics including population health and life expectancy, population aging, immigration, population and climate change, low fertility, and health disparities are covered.
Course Goals: Identify and understand core population issues and their importance to public health
Evaluate academic and popular claims concerning population issues
Know how to access population data and be able to evaluate their strengths and limitations
Integrate knowledge of core population issues within professional undertakings in health policy
Build skills in designing evidence-based policies
Competencies: A.1 Identify appropriate sources and gather information, effectively and efficiently.
A.2 Appraise literature and data critically.
A.9 Population health assessment: Understand and apply basic epidemiologic principles, measures, and methods to assess the health status of a population; identify risk factors in individuals and communities; evaluate the impact of population-based interventions and initiatives.