The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of eleven demography of aging centers funded by the National Institute on Aging (P30 AG017266). Through the integration of research, training, and teaching, CDHA aims to increase the understanding of behavioral processes related to health and aging.

The interdisciplinary research program at CDHA is designed to create links between social demography, biomedical, and epidemiological research on health and aging. Research focuses on five major themes: aging and the life course; biodemography; determinants of disparities of aging trajectories; health economics and health services research; and impacts of place on aging processes.

CDHA enjoys a close relationship with the Center for Demography and Ecology, and affiliates benefit from the centers’ shared resources, such as funding opportunities and access to a secure data enclave.


  • CDHA & CDE Presentations at Virtual PAA

    A virtual version of the Population Association of America’s Annual Meeting will be taking place online Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25. Though fewer scholars will be participating overall, a healthy number of CDE/CDHA …

  • Lauren Schmitz Awarded NIA Pilot Grant

    CDHA affiliate Lauren Schmitz (Assistant Professor, Public Affairs, UW-Madison) is part of a research team that has been awarded a new NIA pilot grant through the Research Centers Collaborative Network! Schmitz, along with Erin Ware …

  • Call for Papers: Eleventh Annual Midwest Health Economics Conference

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Eleventh Annual Midwest Health Economics Conference May 7-8, 2020. Local sponsors are the Center for Demography of Health and Aging, La Follette School of Public Affairs, School of …

  • Initiative in Social Genomics Update

    In February 2018, the University of Wisconsin-Madison began recruiting three tenure-track faculty for a Cluster Hire in Social Genomics. CDHA Director Jason Fletcher (sociology/public affairs/public health sciences) and CDHA affiliates Corinne Engelman (population health sciences), …

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Sep 17

Eleventh Annual Midwest Health Economics Conference

September 17 @ 9:00 am - September 18 @ 12:00 pm