Departamento de Ciencias Sociales
Escuela Graduada de Salud Pública

Recinto de Ciencias Médica
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Universidad de Puerto Rico

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 


 
DEMOGRAFÍA

 

Introducción

La demografía es el estudio de las características y el comportamiento de los conglomerados humanos. Los/as demógrafos/as estudian el tamaño, la distribución territorial y las características de las poblaciones humanas, sus variaciones y las causas de dichas variaciones, tales como la mortalidad, la fecundidad y la migración. El conocimiento del estado y la dinámica de las poblaciones humanas es esencial para una mejor planificación y desarrollo de política pública en aspectos de naturaleza socioeconómica y de salud.

Objetivo

El objetivo del programa es desarrollar profesionales de alto nivel técnico en los aspectos teóricos y metodológicos del estudio de las poblaciones humanas y que posean las destrezas en las técnicas y métodos de análisis demográfico.

Solicitantes

Personas que posean un grado universitario (mínimo bachillerato) independientemente de la disciplina académica de la que proceda.  Le demografía se nutre del conocimiento de las diferentes áreas del saber.

Requisito de Maestría

  1. Haber completado los requisitos de admisión.

  2. Tener un curso de estadística a nivel universitario.

  3. Tener un curso de algebra a nivel universitario.

Requisitos de Grado

Los estudiantes recibirán un grado de maestría en Ciencias en Demografía  cuando cumpla los siguientes requisitos:

  1. Se requieren 74 créditos para obtener el grado
  2. Completar los 74 créditos del programa con un promedio general mínimo de 2.50 y un promedio mínimo de 3.00 en la especialidad.
  3. Culminar un proyecto de investigación aprobado por la facultad del programa.
Portal Electrónico   http://demografia.rcm.upr.edu

 

Descripción Cursos

cripción de Cursos


(Course description)

DEMO 6500 (4cr)
INTRODUCTION TO DEMOGRAPHY
 


This is an introductory and required course for the students of the Master Program in Demography.  It presents a global vision of the study of human populations from a demographic perspective.  The course provides for an analysis of the dynamics and interrelation of the different demographic variables. The course is presented through conferences and discussions. 
 

DEMO 6518 (4cr)
HUMAN ECOLOGY 


This course is oriented to an analysis of the spatial distribution of population and institutions and the interactive relations between individuals and groups and how these influence or are influenced by specially determined forms and processes. Emphasis will be placed on the influence socio-cultural factors such as the environment, population, technology, and organization of a society.
 

DEMO 6545 (5cr)
INTRODUCTION TO DEMOGRAPHY 


This introductory course presents a global vision of the study of human population from a demographic point of view. It analyses the status of population as well as its dynamics and the interrelation between the different demographic variables.
 
 

DEMO 6546 (4cr)
Mortality
 


In this course mortality and the factors which explain the differences in mortality rates among some population groups are discussed.  Methods used for the analysis of mortality, particularly the life table technique, are presented.
 

DEMO 6547 (3cr)
PRINCIPLES OF FAMILY PLANNING


This course will review some aspects of the biology of human reproduction and the basic principles of family planning programs, the different types of birth control methods, their advantages and disadvantages, health implications, cost and efficiency. Also the processes of motivation and communication in relation to family planning, the diffusion and adaptation of innovations. The investigation and evaluation of these programs will be discussed.
 
 

DEMO 6548 (3cr)
DEMOGRAPHIC ASPECTS OF HEALTH 


This course is designed for graduate students not enrolled in the demography program. It offers a global vision of the study of human population from a demographic point of view. It analyzes the status of population as well as its dynamics and the interrelation between the different demographic variables. Different demographic techniques for the study of the status and dynamics of human populations are offered.


DEMO 6549 (5cr)
FERTILITY AND POPULATION GROWTH 


In this course the changes which occur throughout the years in the levels of fertility and factors associated with differences in fertility between some population groups and others are discussed. It analyzes the historic population growth trends and the determinants used in the analysis of fertility and population growth.

 

DEMO 6550 (5cr)
MIGRATION, POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, AND URBANISM 


This course discusses the trends and differences observed in migration movements, population distribution, and urbanism within the context of an analysis of social change and development. Sources of data and different methods used in the analysis of each one of these demographic aspects are studied. The main current and characteristics of international and internal migration, settlement patterns and the structure and distribution of urban population in different types of societies are discussed. In addition the development of different theoretical approaches in relation to migration, population distribution, and urbanism are studied.
 

DEMO 6552 (5cr)
ECONOMICS AND POPULATION  


This course offers a general overview of the problem and central ideas of the contemporary sciences of economics, emphasizing its interrelation with demography in the theoretical as well as the empirical levels. In addition, the demographic transition of Puerto Rico is analyzed within the context of its socioeconomic development.

 

DEMO 6555 (4cr)
FERTILITY AND POPULATION GROWTH
 


This is a graduate course in which changes in fertility levels and patterns are discussed.  Techniques of demographic analysis are emphasized as well as factors associated with differences among some population groups.  Theories and techniques of analysis of population growth are also presented as well as factors associated with fertility differences among some population groups.  Fertility and population trends are analyzed and the most important theories developed to explain these changes are discussed.  The most important techniques of fertility and population growth analysis are emphasized.  Exercises to apply these changes are an important component of the course as well as discussions of some relevant readings.


DEMO 6560 (4cr)
RESEARCH METHODS
 


This course focuses on the different steps involved in the research process.  Special attention is offered to those particular methods used in the Demography area.  The diverse research methods addressed in class will be applied to the Demography area.  It is expected that at the end of the course students will have acquired basic skills to do research in the area of Demography.
 


DEMO 6565 (4cr)
MIGRATION, POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, AND URBANISM
 


The trends and characteristics of migratory movements of population distribution and of urbanism are analyzed in this graduate course within a framework of social change and economic development through lectures and class discussion.  Developments of several explanatory theories of these three processes are also analyzed, as well as the data sources and methods used in their analysis.  The main internal and external migrations, the population distribution patterns and the structure of the urban communities in different types of societies are studied.  It is expected that at the end of the course the student had developed analysis skills for the study of these three components as well for the evaluation of the components’ trends and causes.
 

DEMO 6601 (4cr)
POPULATION THEORIES AND POLICIES 


This course analyzes the main theories concerning population dynamics since Malthus population essay. In addition, population policies derived from the different theoretical framework are studied.
 


DEMO 6602 (3cr)
SEMINAR ON DEMOGRAPHIC STUDIES IN PUERTO RICO
 


This seminar is devoted to the analysis of the demographic situation of Puerto Rico considering its historical trend.  Changes in mortality and fertility rates, as well as the phenomenon of migration between the United States and Puerto Rico, and internal migration are analyzed. Population growth, its geographic distribution and population characteristics are studied as well as population policies adopted on the Island.
 

DEMO 6604 (6cr)
RESEARCH PROJECT
 

This course consists of the planning and execution of a research project in the field of demography under the close supervision of the faculty of the demography program. Each student will select at least two preceptors according to the interest and needs of the project he wishes to conduct.

 

DEMO 6606 (4cr)
USE OF SPSS PROGRAM AND OTHER SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH


Introduces students to programming and automatic processing of data by means of SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences).  By using this Program students will learn to process data from their research, regardless of the concerned discipline.  Besides, this course will provide knowledge on concepts and language used in programming so that the researcher will be able to communicate effectively with experts in this area.  Students will be also initiated in the use of the Software SAS.


DEMO 6607 (4cr)

POPULATION AND ECONOMICS


This course offers a general vision of the central problem and ideas of contemporary economics. It emphasizes the relationship between economics and the study of population at both, theoretical and empirical levels.  In addition, this course presents the demographic transition of Puerto Rico within its economic development.   In this way we can visualize with a real example the relationship between economic and demographic variables.
 

DEMO 6615 (3cr)
Supervised Practice in Demography


This is a graduate course whose objective is that students could apply to real life situations the theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired in the different courses. This experience will facilitate the student transition from the academic to the occupational environment since he/she will assume the tasks and responsibilities that a demographer can undertake at work.  These will vary in terms of place as well as in content and type of problem encountered.  Students will be exposed to a program at different agencies so as to become familiar with the diversity of contribution that demographers can make to the social, economic and health life of the country.  He/she will undertake a demographic analysis as demanded by the different institutions.


DEMO 6621 (2cr)
RESEARCH PROJECT 1
 


This course is a graduate course in which students will plan and develop the proposal of their research project in Demography under close supervision of at least one faculty or member of the Program.  During course, students will select their research theme, will present an annotated bibliography will write the objectives of there research and will submit the complete proposal in typewriting.   They will make also an oral presentation of the proposal.


DEMO 6622 (4cr)
RESEARCH PROJECT II
 


This is a graduate course which comprises the development of a research project in some Demographic topic under the supervision of a dissertation committee.  It comprises the collection of needed data, creation of data files, data processing and analysis and oral presentation of the results.  Students will make, also, an oral presentation.  Periodic meetings with the members of the thesis committee will be held so as to monitor student’s progress. 


DEMO 6990 (1-5cr)
READING COURSE SEMINAR
 


This course will offer students the opportunity to carry out research in an area in which they are most interested. Once the student selects a topic, the faculty provides a bibliography about the topic selected and the student has to prepare a report to the faculty of the course.

 


Importante

La Maestría en Ciencias en Demografía solo admite estudiantes en agosto de cada año.

Los cursos se ofrecen de forma diurno

El año académico esta compuesto de tres trimestres.

El Mapa curricular esta programado para dos (2) años. 

La secuencia de los curso debe cumplirse conforme el mapa curricular. Los cursos se ofrecen una sola vez por año.

Una cantidad de 74 créditos es requerido para obtener el grado de Maestría en Ciencias en Demografía.

Nueve (9) créditos del total requeridos son electivos.

Se le requiere una práctica supervisada que tiene un valor de 3 créditos.

Es indispensable que del total de créditos requeridos para obtener el grado, el estudiante complete de forma satisfactoria un Proyecto de Investigación.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
       
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