DEM5100EN - Demographic Data: sources, collection and evaluation

Course description

This course will build on previous lessons in DEM 3000 and will be intended for graduate students. It will explore sources of demographic data, collection, and evaluation. It will utilize publically available data to examine population characteristics and common health status measures (crude birth rate, infant mortality rates, fertility rate, mortality rate etc.)

How this course benefits students

As missional leaders working in mission efforts, students need to know how to assess or collect demographic data and use this information at a more complex level in order to understand how static and dynamic population characteristics influence behaviors (health, spiritual, and social) and outcomes

Why this course is important

missional leaders need to have a more detailed understanding of their population is being served in order to provide more specific and essential spiritual needs

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Demographic Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Nicholas Cofie, Professor of Global Health

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Missional demographers need to utilize this knowledge to assess population on the mission field and provide spiritual assistance as needed.

Missionally driven

Students will collect more complex and robust demographic data of the people being served in an effort to provide recommendations that would benefit them physically and spiritually.

Contextually informed

An in-depth knowledge of population characteristics and demography is essential in any organization

Interculturally focused

An understanding of more detailed collection of demographic data will help Christian missional leaders serve diverse cultures and races better.

Practically minded

Students will be able to identify more complex data sources, calculate detailed health measures, and will be responsible for data collection process.

Experientially transformed

The course will challenge student to analyze the diversity of the human population and they will complete a complex survey to characterize the demography of their community