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Master of Professional Studies in
Applied Demography


The 30-credit MPS in Applied Demography curriculum provides professionals with the skills necessary to perform applied demographic analysis to aid in decision-making processes. The courses will expose you to a broad range of methods and problems in the public and private sectors, aiming to provide you with practical experiences.

All Masters of Applied Demography students are required to become familiar with materials relating to responsible conduct of research resources and must register for and complete the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Program

Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Applied Demography 

Required Courses (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Principles of Demography APDEM 801 This course examines fundamental concepts and ideas in demography, and U.S. and world population trends associated with these concepts. 3 credits
Data, GIS, and Applied Demography APDEM 802 This course provides an overview of key demographic data sets, and promotes familiarity with, and appropriate use of, these data. 3 credits

Applied Demography in Practice


This course provides an overview of applications in applied demography in business, non-profit organizations, public policy, and health; including a focus on international applications.

3 credits
Demographic Techniques SOC 573

Models and measures of vital processes (fertility, mortality, migration) and their effects on growth and age structure of human populations.

Prerequisite: STAT 200

3 credits
Capstone Project (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Capstone Project APDEM 808 Students will utilize methods acquired during their program and apply them in a capstone project. 3 credits

Elective Course (15 credits)

Supportive/Program Electives (9 credits minimum)

Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Business Demography APDEM 804 This course provides an overview of important impacts of demographic dynamics, data, and methods on issues in business decision making. 3 credits
Public Sector Demography APDEM 805 This course provides an overview of important impacts of demographic dynamics, data, and methods on public sector, non-profit, and public policy issues. 3 credits
Applied Demography and Health APDEM 806 This course provides an overview of data, methods, and techniques in applied demography used to help address public health questions. 3 credits
Spatial Demography SOC 579 This graduate course will expose students to spatial analysis tools and analytical methods applied to demographic research. 3 credits

External Electives (6 credits maximum)

Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Community and Economic Development: Theory and Practice CEDEV 500 Understanding theories, concepts, and frameworks of community and economic development and community decision-making models in application to community development practice and issues. 3 credits
Population, Land Use, and Municipal Finance CEDEV 509 Understanding the interaction of population characteristics, land use, municipal funds, and taxation in a locality and how they impact the operation and management of government jurisdictions. 3 credits
Planning GIS for Emergency Management GEOG 588 Requirements analysis and proposal writing to plan and implement GIS solutions supporting emergency management activities of government agencies and contractors. 3 credits
Health Care Marketing HPA 850 Introduction to the theory, concepts, skills, and principles of marketing applied to health related organizations and networks. 3 credits
Policy Analysis and Planning PADM 535 The course will cover the theoretical issues in and basic methods of policy analysis and planning (prospective policy analysis). 3 credits
Policy Making and Evaluation PLSC 490 Advanced analysis of public policy, emphasizing policy evaluation and the factors that determine policy success and failure. 3 credits
Regression Methods STAT 501 Analysis of research data through simple and multiple regression and correlation; polynomial models; indicator variables; step-wise, piece-wise, and logistic regression. 3 credits
Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis STAT 505 Analysis of multivariate data; T2-tests; particle correlation; discrimination; MANOVA; cluster analysis; regression; growth curves; factor analysis; principal components; canonical correlations. 3 credits
Applied Research Methods STAT 800 Investigates methods for assessing data collected from experimental and/or observational studies in various research settings. 3 credits

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