Demography of ageing

During this course students will acquire a thorough understanding of the demographic aspects of ageing.
Students will acquire insight into the differences in patterns of mortality that underlies the epidemiological transition that was first described in 1971 by Abdel Omran, and has been expanded by others. In addition, the students will become familiar with compression of morbidity in public health i.e. a hypothesis put forth by James Fries that the burden of lifetime illness may be compressed into a shorter period before the time of death, if the age of onset of the first chronic infirmity can be postponed before the age of death. Students will acquire knowledge on the concepts of life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, as well as international differences in life expectancy.


Dr. D. van Bodegom MD

ECTS credits


Course level


No. of classes (1.5 hrs.)



9-20 November 2015, Mondays and Tuesdays, 09.00-13.00 hrs.


Open; completed bachelor degree


Demographic transition, life tables, life expectancy, morbidity and disability


An understanding of socio-demographic aspects of ageing

Teaching format

Lectures, discussion groups, self-study assignments

Learning outcome

Acquisition of a thorough understanding of current concepts of gerontology and to which extent it will change the future medical care. This course will specifically focus on demographic changes and ageing. It will discuss epidemiological methods and research. For the examination Students will acquire the capability to write an essay to clarify own opinions and outline this opinion in clear argumentation and evidence


Writing an essay and giving a short presentation


With ECTS: € 450 (€ 150 per ECTS)
With certificate: € 225 (€ 75 per ECTS)
Registered students at Leiden University: no fee  


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