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.


  • 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), …

  • New CDHA Pilot Projects for Fall 2019

    CDHA is pioneering four new pilot projects this fall: Testing Gene-environment Interactions without Measuring the Environmental Factor PI: Qiongshi Lu, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics Dr. Lu seeks to use this pilot project to …

  • New Affiliates Join CDHA

    CDHA is thrilled to welcome six new affiliates for fall 2019! James Li is an assistant professor in Psychology. He uses genetics and quantitative analysis of environmental factors as methods to investigate the underlying factors …

  • Fall 2019 Grants & Supplements

    The National Institute on Aging began funding seven new projects by CDHA over the last twelve months, including several new this fall! As a whole, the projects bring in millions of dollars in research funding …

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Sep 17

Eleventh Annual Midwest Health Economics Conference

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