The population and health area emphasizes substantive and methodological training in population and health research. Population studies focus on demographic processes such as fertility, mortality, household formation and migration, and how these processes shape and are shaped by other social dynamics. Areas of interest include
- Individual life course events such as marriage and cohabitation, childbearing, illness and disability, mortality, employment, migration, and retirement
- societal-level (e.g., national and global) challenges related to population, such as rapid urbanization, aging populations, and environmental strain
- theories and methods that describe patterns of population change and the individual life course events underlying them.
Health and well-being research focuses upon
- the study of health and wellbeing across social structures of gender, race/ethnicity and class, including the social determinants of health and health care inequalities
- the interaction between health and social institutions like family, education, the labor market, medical institutions/practitioners, and religion
- sociological theories, social epidemiology and statistical methodologies for studying health and wellbeing.
Our faculty in this area include: