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Measures & Determinants of Human Mortality Overview - Chapter Summary
Top instructors have developed entertaining lessons you can access anytime to learn more about measures and determinants of human mortality. Use this chapter to explore topics that include causes of morbidity and death, ethics of mortality policies and explanations for mortality decline. Each lesson is available as a short video that averages about 8 minutes and has a full transcript you can print or read online. Quizzes accompanying the lessons check your understanding of the concepts they cover. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Exhibit knowledge of various measures of life expectancy and mortality
- List causes of morbidity and mortality across the life cycle
- Discuss determinants of mortality, causes of death and mortality rates
- Define and describe Shiro Horiuchi's epidemiological transitions
- Explain how age, sex and cause structure impact mortality levels
- Share reasons for mortality decline
- Examine mortality trends, determinants and differentials
- Detail the ethics of mortality policies
1. Measures of Life Expectancy & Mortality: Terms & Tools
How long will you live? Calculating mortality rates and life expectancy is one of the important uses of statistics. Explore how these are calculated and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Causes of Morbidity & Mortality Across the Life Cycle
In this lesson, we will go age category by age category and examine the common causes of death, as well as why we would expect to see these causes at these particular ages. With this lesson, you should understand the progression that occurs throughout a life cycle.
3. Causes of Death, Determinants of Mortality & Mortality Rates
This lesson discusses the not-so-popular topic of death. It explains the concept of mortality rates and the factors that affect it. It also dives into how where you live is often linked to what your likely cause of death might be.
4. Shiro Horiuchi's Epidemiological Transitions
Disease has been a major part of human history, and different diseases have impacted us at different times. Explore this relationship through the epidemiological transitions of Shiro Horiuchi, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
5. Impact of Age, Sex & Cause Structure on Mortality Levels
In this lesson, you will explore the mortality shift that has taken place since the 1850s and discover how this has specifically impacted various segments of the population. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
6. Explanations for Mortality Decline: Comparisons & Evidence
Across the world, people are dying at a slower rate. This is good to hear, but researchers want to know why, and they have developed a few theories to explain it. Explore some of these, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
7. Mortality Trend, Differentials & Determinants
Although we all know that everybody dies eventually, researchers still like to know why people are dying. In this lesson, we'll explore some causes of death within specific groups and see how researchers use this knowledge to understand why people die.
8. The Ethics of Mortality Policies
Death is inevitable, but many causes of death of preventable. In this lesson, explore policies to reduce mortality rates, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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