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Research and Practice

Life Course Framework

The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health is grounded in a life course framework with domestic and international areas of interest including: adolescent health; child health; maternal, fetal and perinatal health; population and health; and women's, sexual and reproductive health.

Skills emphasized in departmental training include: population sciences, behavioral science, program evaluation, evidence based advocacy and the translation of research for programs and policy.


Adolescent Health

While we understand adolescence to be the second decade of life our work is inclusive of transitions into adulthood. We view health and education as inexorably linked and are specifically focused on contextual factors that enhance resilience and positive youth health among the most vulnerable populations of young people both domestically and internationally.



PFRH Area of Interest Child Health

Child Health

We seek to advance the scientific basis, public health determinants, programmatic strategies and policy considerations that influence and promote child health. 





PFRH Maternal, Fetal and Perinatal Health Area of Interest

Maternal, Fetal & Perinatal Health

The research, teaching and practice activities of faculty in Maternal, Fetal and Perinatal Health address the physical and mental health and well-being of birthing populations prior to, during, and after pregnancy, as well as the health and well-being of their newborns and infants. These activities focus on social, structural, psychosocial, environmental, biological, and health services determinants as viewed through a health equity lens.



PFRH Population Health Area of Interest

Population and Health

Population and Health includes both demographic analyses and population studies, with a special emphasis on applications to health. The former includes the interrelationships between fertility, mortality, migration, marriage and divorce, and the influences of these demographic processes on population size and structure. The latter include the relationships between the demographic processes and population health in particular, and socio-economic and other variables in general.




PFRH Women's, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women's, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Our goal is to ensure women’s and sexual/reproductive health and wellness for all and eliminate discriminatory barriers. We do so by using a social determinants lens that spans biological roots, interpersonal dynamics, community attributes and norms, and structural forces.