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Minor in Demography

Minor in Demography

Demography is the scientific study of human populations. It is an interdisciplinary field that examines the causes and consequences of health and mortality, population aging, migration, fertility, maternal and child health, interactions between human populations and the environment, and population growth and decline.

Students working toward a minor in demography within the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences (HBS) will acquire focused training in theories and methods of demography. The minor will help students develop important skills in critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, and will prepare them for graduate level training in demography or related fields and for jobs requiring an understanding of population dynamics. Demographers are frequently employed in occupations including academia, risk assessment, marketing, consulting, nonprofits, and various local, state and federal government agencies.

If you are interested in pursuing this minor, or for more information, e-mail​

Program Requirements for the Minor

All students must complete a minimum of 17 credits drawn from the approved course list​​​​ (see below). Due to substantial overlap in coursework, students who complete the major in Public Health shall not also be awarded the minor in Public Health Demography. However, Public Health majors are welcome to take any of the courses listed below as part of the minor. Students should check for pre-requisites when enrolling in courses. For example, PBHL 2001 is currently a pre-requisite to PBHL 3070 and PBHL 4040.

All undergraduate UCD students are eligible to take this minor, and must achieve a C (2.0) or above in all the courses for them to be counted toward the minor. At least 9 credit hours must be taken in residence at UCD and at least 6 credit hours must be taken in upper division courses.

Note: Students should check for prerequisites when enrolling in courses.

Tier 1: General Public Health

All students pursuing the demography minor are required to take the following two courses:

  • PBHL 2001 - Introduction to Public Health
  • PBHL 3001 - Introduction to Epidemiology
Total: 8 Hours 

Tier 2: Core Demography Courses

All students pursuing the demography minor are required to take the following two courses:

  • PBHL 2052 - Global Demography and Health
  • SOCY 4220 - Population Change and Analysis
Total: 6 Hours 

Tier 3: Electives with Demographic & Statistical Themes

  • PBHL 3070 - Perspectives in Global Health
  • PBHL 4040 - Social Determinants of Health
  • MATH 2830 - Introductory Statistics
  • SOCY 3121 - Statistics
Total: 3 Hours ​