The International Max Planck Research School for Demography (IMPRSD) invites applications for the upcoming IMPRSD winter program 2012/13 at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany. The program includes advanced courses on Measures and Models of Demography, Frailty Models, Applied Methods of Public Health and Mortality Research using R, and Research Tools and Presentation Skills. Courses are scheduled from mid-November 2012 to mid-February 2013. Candidates may apply for one, several or all courses. The program is aimed at developing high-level methodological skills and an understanding of the logical underpinning of demography. A strong background in statistics and mathematics is needed to get the most benefit from the courses.
Frailty models provide a suitable framework to incorporate unobserved heterogeneity and associations into standard survival analysis models. Course 306 will start with an overview of the key concepts in survival analysis. A main focus will be on univariate and shared frailty models, designed to account for unobserved heterogeneity and random effects. Finally, the course will reveal the main concepts of correlated frailty models, which extend the former two.
Course 310 provides an introduction to demographic methods and terminology, with a focus on the mathematics needed to develop a deeper understanding of demography. Based primarily on the book by Preston, Heuveline and Guillot, this course will emphasize the beauty of formal relationships.
Course 299 offers an introduction to the practical, ethical and organizational aspects of research. Instructors discuss the various "tools of the trade" that scholar use, and students will have an opportunity to present and discuss their research.
Course 182 is aimed at mortality researchers looking to improve their skills with the R statistical software. This intensive course is structured around using R for investigating several demographic and public health topics.
Application deadline for the IMPRSD winter program 2012/2013 is 5 October 2012.
Please see http://www.imprs-demogr.mpg.de/application.htm for instructions how to apply.
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