With its focus on elementary demographic techniques and their application in the field of public health, Basic Demographic Techniques and Applications is an extremely useful addition to the literature on demographic studies. Designed as a textbook for students of population studies, it is practical and easy to understand. Examples and exercises are provided at the end of each chapter to facilitate comprehension. The author covers all the important demographic techniques such as presentation of demographic data, computation of basic measures of fertility and mortality, construction of life tables, techniques of standardization, demographic models an evaluation of programs. The book also introduces the student to the definitions of the term demography; concepts such as rates, ratios and proportions; and the application of the various techniques in nuptiality and analysis, projections, evaluation and adjustment. In addition, the scope for applying demographic techniques to public health, especially policy formulation and the management of health programs, is covered. The last chapter describes useful software packages for the teaching and learning of demographic models. Apart from serving as a textbook for students, Basic Demographic Techniques and Applications will be useful for mid-level public health administrators and policymakers.
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Krishnamurthy Srinivasan has been making valuable contributions in the field of research in Population Studies for over four decades. He is an internationally acclaimed demographer who has served the country through various national and international committees and associations. He was a member of the National Commission on Population and of the National Statistics Commission. He was Senior Professor and Director of the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, from 1978 to 1992. As Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India during 1995 to 2002, he promoted and enhanced the role of nongovernmental organizations in family planning, reproductive and child health programs. He was employed with the Population Division of the United Nations and his work was appreciated in other countries. As the chairman of a group set up by the WHO and the United Nations Populations Fund, he recommended policies for Population Research Centers in China.
Professor Srinivasan has authored or contributed to more than 15 books and has more than a hundred national and international peer reviewed academic publications to his credit. He obtained his MA in Mathematics from Madras University and subsequently graduated from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, with a Master’s in Statistics. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University and PhD in Demography from Kerala University. He was a National Fellow on population at the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) during 2013–15 and affiliated to MIDS, Chennai. At present, he is an Honorary Professor in the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru.
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