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What will I learn?

Life expectancy is a commonly used summary measure to assess the health of a population, and it is calculated using life tables. ‘Life tables’ is a short-form micro-credential designed to introduce this standard demographic methodology standard. Upon successful completion, enrollees will be able to describe the components of a life table and apply its rules to derive life expectancy. The micro-credential is aimed at population analysts, policymakers, planners and specialists for the health and social care professions. Enrollees will have hands-on experience accessing and analysing population data using the R software.


How to build life tables
Interpreting the components including life expectancy
Examining population differences in mortality profiles

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Apply rates in population analysis
Explain why life tables are needed
Apply basic rules of a life table to derive life expectancy and explain the components of the life table
Evaluate population differences in mortality profiles

Micro-credential stack information

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course.

Study options

Full Time (21 hours)

Tuition fees
Information not available

Please check with institution

Start date

To be confirmed


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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