Graduate work at CDHA provides training in the demographic and biological models of health and aging. Through course work, research, and mentorships, the program enables students to build expertise in demographic concepts and methods while cultivating their professional skills.

Graduate students attend two weekly seminars. The first, co-sponsored with CDE (DemSem), features lectures by top scholars in the field. A list of DemSem presentations related to CDHA Research Themes can be found here. The second aims to enhance the craft of research, foster individual mentoring relationships, and address methodological standards and ethical concerns in the field. Under faculty supervision, students develop the expertise needed to undertake independent research and present at professional conferences.

Postdoctoral fellowships are designed individually to meet the needs and interests of each scholar. CDHA typically receives NIA funding for one postdoctoral position.

Demography Training Seminar

Together with the Center for Demography and Ecology, CDHA hosts a weekly training seminar that provides training and professional development to graduate students studying population sciences. This seminar is open to all and meets on Wednesday at 10:15-11:30 AM virtually on Zoom platform during Spring semester, 2021. An archive of past seminars is available here.

Spring 2021 Calendar


A copy of the seminar calendar can be downloaded from this link.

A copy of the seminar schedule can be downloaded from this link.

All sessions are online unless otherwise noted. Send an email to for the meeting code.

January 27: Introduction
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology

February 3: Academic Job Market: Networking and Negotiation
Christine Schwartz, UW-Madison Sociology

February 10: Introduction to Spatial Analysis
Megan Bea, UW-School of Human Ecology

February 17: How I Found My Dissertation Topic
CDE/CDHA students

February 24: Individual Research Consults
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology

March 3: Mini Talks by CDE/CDHA/HDRS Postdocs
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology

March 10: Research Methods: Selection
Jason Fletcher, UW-Madison Public Affairs and Sociology
John Mullahy, UW-Madison Population Health Sciences

March 17: Causal Inferences and Other Approaches for Compelling Explanations
Michal Engelman, UW-Madison Sociology

March 24: Research Methods: The Role of Time in Family Demographic Research
Marcy Carlson, UW-Madison Sociology
Felix Elwert, UW-Madison Sociology

March 31: Strategies for Research and Networking
Alejandra Ros Pilarz, UW-Madison Social Work

April 7: PAA Practice Talks and Posters
CDE/CDHA students

April 14: PAA Practice Talks and Posters
CDE/CDHA students

April 21: PAA Practice Talks and Posters
CDE/CDHA students

April 28: PAA Practice Talks and Posters
CDE/CDHA students

May 5: No class- exam week and PAA