Population Program Overview

An interdisciplinary perspective, an international scope, and an applied focus characterize the Population Program's research and training activities. Among externally funded work, projects on immigration and the geography of the foreign-born population in the United States; on sex, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in health and mortality in Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the United States; on age inequality in income in Western Europe; and on residential mobility and segregation patterns in the Southwestern United States exemplify our research interests in the more developed countries. Studies of the health and fertility of women in Bangladesh, of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and of the needs for pension reform in Kazakhstan are some of the Program's funded research interests in the less developed world.

Program members continue to serve on international and national bodies. For example, Jane Menken chairs the Committee on Population of the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Andrei Rogers is the U.S. representative on the Commission on Population Geography of the International Geographical Union, and Richard Rogers has recently served as President of the Southern Demographic Association.

The Graduate Certificate Program in Demography attracts students from the Departments of Economics, Geography, and Sociology. Pursuing their degrees though their respective departments, the students all take a common set of core courses that focus on social demography, economic demography, and formal demography and, in addition, develop a specialized competence in an elected field of concentration.