Ch 4: Measures & Determinants of Human Mortality

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons to learn about the details of mortality among human beings. Take a short quiz following each lesson for self-assessment.

Measures & Determinants of Human Mortality - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

How long will I live? This chapter addresses this universal question through its lessons that deal with the factors affecting how long a human being will live. From gender stats to global trends and ethical considerations, every element of human mortality is covered in these lessons. Take a multiple-choice quiz at the end of every lesson to measure your understanding of the material and feel free to contact an instructor with any questions you might have. In this chapter you will learn about such specifics as:

  • How to measure mortality
  • Who Shiro Horiuchi is
  • Trends in mortality
  • The relationship between ethics and mortality
  • The impact of age & gender on lifespans

Video Objective
Measures of Life Expectancy & Mortality: Terms & Tools Identify the basic measures of mortality.
Causes of Morbidity & Mortality Across the Life Cycle Investigate the causes of morbidity and mortality.
Causes of Death, Determinants of Mortality & Mortality Rates Examine the relationship between causes of death with the determinants and rates of mortality.
Shiro Horiuchi's Epidemiological Transitions Learn about Horiuchi's different mortality transitions, from communicable to degenerative.
Impact of Age, Sex & Cause Structure on Mortality Levels Describe how age, sex, and cause structure affect overall mortality level.
Explanations for Mortality Decline: Comparisons & Evidence Explore various explanations for mortality decline.
Mortality Trends, Differentials & Determinants Learn about some different details relating to mortality.
The Ethics of Mortality Policies Take a look at ethics and mortality.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Measures & Determinants of Human Mortality
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Measures of Life Expectancy & Mortality: Terms & Tools

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.

Causes of Morbidity & Mortality Across the Life Cycle

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.

Causes of Death, Determinants of Mortality & Mortality Rates

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.

Shiro Horiuchi's Epidemiological Transitions

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.

Impact of Age, Sex & Cause Structure on Mortality Levels

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.

Explanations for Mortality Decline: Comparisons & Evidence

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.

Mortality Trend, Differentials & Determinants

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.

The Ethics of Mortality Policies

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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