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    University of Massachusetts Boston
  Dec 14, 2017
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

GERON GR 726 Current National Data Bases in Gerontological Policy Research

This course introduces students to the use of large national databases for gerontological social policy research. It provides a brief survey of the scope and content of various public-use national databases used in gerontological research, as well as an in-depth examination of one of these major databases. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of statistical programming; to the use of such standard statistical packages as Statistical Analysis System (SAS); and to methods and strategies for basic analytic data file construction. These programming skills are applied to actual gerontological databases through examples presented by the instructor, as well as through a series of take-home student assignments completed by the students. In addition to class time, this course requires independent work at a computer.

3 Credit(s)