Centro Interamericano de Estudios de Seguridad Social


Start date:

August 18




25 hours

Registration deadline:

Registration open


250 USD

Course video:

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General Objective

Provide the participant with the basic tools of actuarial and demography for the construction, disaggregation and understanding of life tables. Analyze, evaluate and correct the information required for the construction of a life table. Applied to the estimation of life expectancy, healthy life expectancy, simple and multiple decrease in phenomena that have to do with mortality and some other population events. In addition to generating a critical stance on the interpretation of results generated in the different countries of the region, which will contribute to more accurate planning in the work areas of the participants.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to work with computer equipment.
  • Use of any statistical package will be considered an advantage.
  • Be curious about population phenomena and the impact that health policies have on it.

Technological requirements

  • Computer equipment. .
  • Internet connection: broadband.
  • Browser: Chrome, Firefox or Safari in their updated versions.
  • Have access to the Zoom platform.
  • Speakers and microphone.
  • Webcam (desirable).

Permanence requirements

  • Fully and satisfactorily comply with all the activities indicated throughout the activity.
  • Accredit the evaluation of the course.

Technological skills of the participant (preferably)

  • Use online communication tools such as email, discussion forums, chats, etc.
  • Use of virtual meeting and video calling programs.
  • Word handling.
  • Use of webcam and microphone.
  • Use of web browsers.
  • File and folder management.
  • Use of search engines and library databases.


    Participants from institutions of the member countries of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security may access the CIESS Scholarship System in accordance with the Financial Regulations of the CISS, Title VII. Scholarships.

    See the regulation here




    Analyze the scope and limitations of the event history methodology for registering social phenomena from a longitudinal perspective. Know the applicability of the life table as a tool for calculating the probability of risk to a given event.


    1.1 Records of the life table.

    1.2 Survival analysis and life tables.

    1.3 The concept of time and duration in mortality events.

    1.4 The concept of risk and risk exposure.

    1.5 Observation windows in longitudinal studies.

    1.6 Trajectories of individuals over time and exposure to risk. .

    1.7 The concept of censoring.

    1.8 Failure and event concept.

    1.9 The life table in mortality and other population events.

    1.10 The concept of cohort and fictitious cohort.



    Provide the participant with the knowledge to manage the information necessary for the construction of a life table, information processing. Analyze the indicators of life expectancy in the region, interpret their variations over time and contextualize the extent to which they are related to the quality of life of the population.


    2.1 Overview of the historical evolution of life expectancy in the world.

    2.2 Why did the topic of life expectancy become a topic of study?

    2.3 Basic elements of the life table and its formal construction.

    2.4 Inputs of a life table. Information processing.

    2.5 Life expectancy and indicators of development and social security.

    2.6 Healthy life expectancy.



    Learn to handle the life table as a tool that allows us to estimate summary variables on risk associated with the time of exposure to a phenomenon and the probability of an event occurring. Knowing the possible scenarios allows you to make informed decisions with greater certainty.


    3.1 Life expectancies in small populations, stabilization of information.

    3.2 Simple decrement life table.

    3.3 Multiple decrement life table.

    3.4 Life table and multistate events.

    3.5 Scenarios for planning, eradicating avoidable mortality.

    3.6 The use of the life table in other phenomena.

Diego Terán

  • Doctor in population studies and teacher in demography from the Colegio de México.
  • Economist from the Autonomous University of Zacatecas.
  • In his academic experience, he has taught demography courses at institutions such as the National School of Anthropology and History and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
  • Work experience has been focused on the investigation of population phenomena that have to do with international migration from Mexico to the United States; the transformations of population profiles and demographic aging. As well as, in the design of indicators that show discrimination and inequality in the Mexican population.
  • He has worked as an associate researcher in projects developed by institutions such as the Center for Economic Research and Teaching and the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, and has also carried out consultancies for International Organizations.
  • It has some publications on the Mexico-United States migration and the spatial change of this phenomenon. In addition to having extensive experience in the design of information gathering instruments, field coordination and information processing of population phenomena.
  • He currently works as a specialist for the American Commission on the Elderly, the American Commissions on Social Security, the Inter-American Conference on Social Security and the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies.


  • Interdisciplinary team with experience in aging: analysis, planning and decision making.