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Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health


Population, Family and Reproductive Health (PFRH) is an interdisciplinary department whose teaching, research, and practice address issues concerning population structure and change. These topics include migration; sexual and reproductive health across the lifespan; maternal, infant and child health; adolescent health; and the wellbeing of families.

The Department's efforts focus not only on the health and behavior of populations in the United States, but also on mothers, infants and children, youth, women, families, and those residing in urban areas in low- and middle-income countries worldwide.

Our dedicated faculty develop and apply a broad range of methods to apply to research and professional practice. These methods and disciplines include: demography and related social sciences, developmental psychology, epidemiology, public health, health services research, nutrition, economics, policy analysis, family planning administration, medicine and nursing. Research, practice, and evaluation all play integral roles in the Department’s academic programs and faculty efforts.

Our graduates are trained as research scientists, public health leaders and health professionals for careers related to a broad spectrum of population, family and reproductive health issues through a variety of degree programs:

Additionally, our department sponsors several certificate programs for professionals seeking continuing education.

We look forward to working with prospective students to plan the next steps in their academic and professional life. We encourage prospective students to review the financial support, including scholarships and awards, that are available for the degree programs.

Feel free to reach out to our academic staff or learn firsthand what it is like to be a student in the Department by scheduling a visit.