Graduate Certificate in Population Studies

Graduate Certificate in Population Studies

Population dynamics fundamentally underlie many of the challenges to social and environmental well-being across the globe. Yet these demographic dynamics also offer opportunity.

Demographic research broadly examines population composition, distribution and change, while there are many substantive foci within these categories. For instance, population researchers examine differential access to reproductive health which shapes fertility patterns; climate change vulnerability as it influences migration and population distribution; neighborhood conditions, socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity as they intersect to impact health and longevity.

Seeking to better understand the causes and consequences of population processes, CU Boulder offers an interdepartmental Graduate Certificate Program in Population Studies. The certificate is highly interdisciplinary and engages award-winning faculty from a number of social science departments with expertise on a broad range of population-focused topics.

Offering an interdisciplinary home for many of these scholars, the Population Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) offers research specialties in population health, health inequalities, reproductive health, biodemography, population and the environment and migration and population distribution. The Program, and related CU Population Center, sponsor regular research presentations and students receive peer and faculty support through a regular "Population & Health" workshop designed for informal research feedback.

Past certificate students have moved in to a variety of professional, academic and research roles in public and private organizations concerned with population issues and problems at the international, national, state, and local scales.

To apply, please submit the application form to Certificate Director,

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Certificate Requirements

For additional information, contact the Certificate Director:
Professor Lori Hunter
Director, Population Program and CU Population Center
Institute of Behavioral Science, Room 483