After completing this module, the student will be able to:
- Define and calculate mortality rates and morbidity rates.
- Identify the major causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States.
- Discuss gender and racial differences in overall mortality trends.
- Discuss trends in the major causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States including cardiovascular disease, cancers, falls in the elderly, motor vehicle-related deaths, and deaths attributed to drug abuse.
- Discuss the temporal relationship among per capita cigarette consumption, anti-smoking campaigns and legislation, and mortality rates for lung cancer in men and women in the United States.
- Discuss where the United States ranks among nations with regard to infant mortality rates.
Developed by Wayne W. LaMorte, MD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Education, Boston University School of Public Health.