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Demography at USU

“USU, and the population research lab specifically, was the most fantastic environment to help me discover my own interests. I owe everything to the fantastic professors at USU who got me started in sociology and demography.”


--Theresa Fedor, Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad de Los Andes

A specialization in demography allows students to explore issues of population change, migration, and health outcomes. Graduate coursework is provided in social demography, population theories and policies, demographic research methods, and various special topic seminars. Our program provides basic and policy-oriented research on sociological aspects of demographic structure and processes including migration, marriage and fertility, morbidity and mortality, and technical demographic topics such as population estimates and projections. We also provide demographic training to domestic and international students that is relevant to their respective settings. Our graduates have gone on to do great work all around the country and the world. Read a few of their stories here. 

Sofiya Yuvshanova

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist United Nations


Read Sofiya's Interview

Joyce Mumah

Associate Research Scientist
African Population and Health Research Center


Read Joyce's Interview 

Our Program

At the heart of the demography program is the Yun Kim Population Research Lab (PRL), a cluster of faculty and students working on grant-funded research projects. Our graduate training provides students with skills to conduct policy-oriented research and applied demographic analyses. Students take classes in Social Demography, Global Migration, Population and Health, Techniques of Demographic Analysis, Advanced Sociological Analysis, and Advanced Seminars in Social Demography. 

Core faculty research endeavors encompass a broad range of local, regional, national, and international projects, and are concerned with environmental, community, and social change. Their topics include areas of migration and population redistribution, health and disability, family demography, life course and aging, population/environment interactions, labor force, and population estimates and projections. See a complete list of faculty projects.  

Marking a Milestone

We're thrilled to announce that 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Yun Kim Population Lab. We'll be celebrating on Oct. 12, and we hope you'll join us. Click here for more information and to register for the event.