The view of the Carillon Tower framed by the golden autumn leaves.



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, Demography Seminar (DemSem)—co-sponsored by the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE)—features lectures by top scholars in the field. A list of DemSem presentations related to CDHA Research Themes can be found here. The second, Demography Training Seminar, 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 at the Center are designed individually to meet the needs and interests of each scholar. CDHA typically receives NIA funding for one postdoctoral position.

Support for CDHA’s training program comes from a training grant (T32 AG000129-30) from the National Institute of Aging. CDE receives training support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (T32 HD007014-42).

Demography Training Seminar

Together with the CDE, CDHA hosts a weekly training seminar that provides training and professional development to graduate students studying population sciences. This seminar is led by Max Bebris, is open to all, and meets on Wednesday from 2:00-3:15 p.m. in room 8417 of the Sewell Social Sciences Building. You can subscribe to our Google calendar here. An archive of past seminars is available here.

Spring 2024

Jan 31
Chris Taber (UW-Madison Econ): Weighting Survey Data

Feb 7
Nick Mark (UW-Madison Sociology): How Graduate Students Should Think about Grants and Fellowships

Feb 14
Carol Ryff (UW-Madison Psychology): Getting Out of Disciplinary Silos to Address Urgent Societal Problems

Feb 21
Tamkinat Rauf (UW-Madison Sociology): Open Science

Feb 28
Isaac Sasson (Tel Aviv University Sociology): Working with Population Register Data

March 6
Hyunseung Kang (UW-Madison Statistics): Causal Inference with Big Data

March 13
Mosi Adesina Ifatunji (UW-Madison African American Studies and Sociology): Measuring Race and Racism

March 20
PAA Practice

March 27 Spring Break – no class

April 3
PAA Practice

April 10
PAA Practice

April 17 PAA – no class

April 24
Felix Elwert (UW-Madison Sociology): Mediation Analysis