The Center for Demography and Population Health is an interdisciplinary unit within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University. Established as the Population and Manpower Research Center in 1967 under the direction of Charles Nam, the original Center brought together researchers interested in explicating the causes and consequences of population trends. Over time, the research interests of Center Associates and Affiliates have evolved to include the demography of aging, child and family well-being, and physical and mental health. Our home departments include Sociology, Economics, Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, History, and Statistics, and the College of Medicine. All CDPH faculty and students share the belief that, to be effective, public policy must be firmly grounded in an understanding of population characteristics and demographic processes.
Our key areas of research:
- Children, youth, and families
- Disparities in health and survival
- Environment and health
- Fertility and reproductive health
- Stress processes
- Statistical and mathematical demography
CDPH supports evidence-based public policy through its interdisciplinary research on demographic processes and population health; trains Master’s students seeking careers as applied demographers; and mentors doctoral students in social demography, population economics, social epidemiology, and environment and health.