The Demography of Health and Population Composition Program supports research on the linkages between demographic and social processes and health outcomes at the individual and population levels as well as research on the analysis and projection of demographic composition. Specific areas of interest include:
Demographic Processes and Health
The Program supports research on the health of populations, trends in population health, and differences in health across populations. Specific areas of interest include research on the effects of policies and other population-level interventions on health; the relationship of population composition (e.g., income inequality, racial/ethnic composition, age/sex composition) to health; and effects of health including mortality and morbidity on income and well-being. Research on the relationship between human capital, education, and labor force participation and health, and between economic development and health, is also of interest. In addition, the Program supports methodological research on the measurement and analysis of health status at the aggregate level, changes in health over time, and the spatial distribution of health problems both domestically and internationally.
Causes and Consequences of the Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of U.S. Society
The Program supports studies of how economic, social, and demographic factors affect the racial and ethnic composition of the United States and how increasing racial and ethnic diversity affects population health and health disparities. Specific areas of interest include factors affecting how parents assign a race to their children; how immigrants to the United States categorize themselves and others; and how racial/ethnic identification changes as immigrants assimilate and across immigrant generations. The Program supports research on how socioeconomic and demographic processes differ among racial and ethnic groups; the mechanisms explaining racial and ethnic differences in health, social, economic, and demographic outcomes; and how to measure and test explanations (e.g., culture, racism, and social constraints) for these racial and ethnic differences.
Contact: Dr. Regina Bures