What will I learn?

Populations can be compared in many ways, for example, changing world and national populations across time, or differences between social groups or across geographies within a population. ‘Comparing populations’ introduces techniques that allow comparison of demographic, health, and social indicators in populations with different age/sex patterns. This short-form micro-credential is aimed at population analysts, policymakers and specialists for the health and social care professions. Participants will have hands-on experience accessing and analysing population data.


Estimating exposure-time
Calculating age-specific measures
Direct and indirect standardization techniques
Basic decomposition methods

Learning outcomes

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

Develop a comparative data analysis plan and have the ability to gather the appropriate data
Understand demographic measurement of time and the estimation of age-specific measures
Apply techniques that allow comparison of demographic indicators of population with different age/sex patterns

Micro-credential stack information

This micro-credential is undertaken as a stand-alone course.

Study options

Full Time (21 hours)

Tuition fees
Information not available
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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