Strengthen components analysis regarding demographic determinants of health and disease;
Understanding the characterization of a population;
Develop the ability to analyze and deconstruct the demographic phenomena;
Strengthen the ability to quantify and analyze demographic data;
Develop skills in implementing standardization methods;
Deepen the demographic dynamics determined by age groups, demographic and epidemiological transition.


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Total - 12

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Teaching method

The teaching methodology is varied and seeks to promote an active and participatory learning environment. Reading of fundamental texts is required and discussion of topics or exercises occurs regularly.
About half of the sessions will begin with a presentation by a teacher, followed by a discussion of topics related to the subject under examination where students are encouraged to intervene.
The other sessions will be more practical with problem solving tasks, presentation of results and discussion of implications for health systems management. The seminars consist of group work with the presence of a teacher, which develops in-depth discussion of the topics in the syllabus.
Assessment of commitment, work and participation (20%), made through observation of student participation and the presentation and discussion of topics and exercises in sessions and in group activities (30%).
Individual evaluation (50%).


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Subject matter

(I) Introduction: Definition and object of demography / sociology of populations
and his contribution to public health; History of the population;
Descriptive demography; demographic analysis; principles of mathematical demography; historical demography; social demography; public health and demography; doctrines and demographic policies

(II) principles and methods of research in demography: objectives and methods of observation; Principles and methods for demographic analysis

(Observation units; organizational aspects; Global aspects of population (volume, growth rate and population density; absolute and relative volume variation of population, average annual growth rate and doubling time in years; demographic structures: relations of masculinity, functional groups, summary measures of a population, dependency ratios between functional groups, representation of a sex-age structure; elementary evaluation measures and quality of demographic data: sex ratio of births, UN combined index, consistency equation; Principles of demographic analysis: lexis diagram, transverse and longitudinal, renewal and non-renewal analysis, Analysis of mortality: Crude mortality rate, infant, introduction to mortality tables by cause of death, standardized mortality rates and standardized mortality ratios, concept of years of potential life lost; Analysis of birth and fertility: the concept of population of childbearing age: procreative psychsociology, crude birth rate, total fertility rate, rate of aging, total dependence, young-age-dependency ratio; Analysis of marriage and family strategies, crude marriage rate, Hajnal method, related measures; Migratory movements: direct and indirect methods, natural balances, migratory surplus, population growth)

(III) Aspects of Portuguese demographics: brief remarks about the Portuguese population and public health; history of the Portuguese population; analysis of recent developments; outline of contemporary demographic policies in the context of public health; Portuguese demography at the dawn of the XXI century and implications for public health.


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