DEM3100EN - Demographic Data: sources, collection and evaluation

Course description

This is an introductory course to demographic data which explores source of data, collection of data, and subsequent evaluation. It utilizes 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 to understand how static and dynamic population characteristics influence behaviors (health, and social) and outcomes.

Why this course is important

Missional leaders need to have an understanding of their population that is being served in order to provide 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 are encouraged to collect simple demographic data of the people being served in an effort to provide recommendations that benefit them physically and spiritually.

Contextually informed

A basic knowledge of population characteristics and demography is essential in any organization.

Interculturally focused

An understanding of demographic data helps Christian missional leaders serve diverse cultures and races better.

Practically minded

Students are able to identify basic data sources, calculate simple health measures, and are introduced to data collection process.

Experientially transformed

The course introduces students to the diversity of the human population and they are encouraged to complete a simple survey to characterize the demography of their community.