CSDE Training Program

The Graduate Program for Advanced Studies in Demography


The CSDE Training Program is the academic pathway for UW graduate students who wish to receive advanced interdisciplinary training in demography, in addition to their discipline-based courses of study. CSDE also provides seminars and technical workshops, and supports the learning, research, collaboration and communication of students and faculty working in a wide variety of demographic fields.

If you are interested in more information about the training program, please contact any of the training committee members, as they would be happy to discuss with you the training program and the opportunities associated with becoming a demographer!

Training Program    

The training program consists of a set of core courses, complemented by related courses in affiliated disciplines, a research collaboration with a faculty mentor, and receipt of a letter of recognition upon completion of the training curriculum. The training program can take between 1.5 and 2 years to complete. The core curriculum requires 16 credit hours and Trainees are required to pass an additional 3 courses across the disciplines in pre-approved demography-related courses. The minimum total credit hours for interdisciplinary credit is 9 credits. The minimum total credit hours for the interdisciplinary certificate is 24 credit hours.


The training program curriculum combines the core demography courses offered by CSDE with demographic courses in other disciplines.

Core Courses - all trainees are required to complete the following courses:

  1. Demography & Ecology (SOC/CSDE 513, 1 quarter 3 credits)
  2. Demographic Methods (SOC/CSDE 533, 1 quarter 3 credits)
  3. Population Studies Pro-Seminar (CSDE 502, 3 quarters, 1 credit in AU & SP, 2 credits in WI)
  4. CSDE Seminar Series (CSDE 501, 3 quarters, 1 credit) each quarter they are in the program (usually 2 years)

Demography Electives
Trainees are also required to complete any 3 courses from an approved list of electives from our affiliate programs. Formally affiliated programs include:

  1. Anthropology
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Geography
  4. Public Affairs
  5. Social Work
  6. Sociology
  7. Statistics
Those who join from programs formally affiliated with CSDE have an agreed upon training program (see Table 1 below).

What if my department isn't formally affiliated?

Trainees may join from other disciplines and departments that are informally affiliated with the training program. Those who join from other disciplines and departments (outside of the formal affiliated departments) work independently to arrange a course of study with approval from their graduate program chair and CSDE’s Director of Training.

Faculty Mentor

An invaluable component of the training program is a research apprenticeship or mentorship. CSDE works with every trainee to match them with a faculty mentor or
CSDE Affiliate Mentor.

The mentor advises the trainee on their individual research program and makes every effort to involve the trainee in the mentor’s research project or on another faculty member’s project that more closely aligns with the trainee’s interests. The population research community strongly adheres to the value of apprenticeship training in combination of with coursework.

Research Resources for Trainees


Designed to complement course instruction, CSDE Workshops are offered in a shorter, highly accessible format that are responsive to the specific needs of CSDE’s Trainees and Faculty Affiliates. Most workshops are offered by the Methods and Data Core, and generally meet for 1-3 sessions. Offerings each year typically include: Introductions to Stata and SAS; Hierarchical Linear Modeling; Social Network Analysis; Introduction to GIS; Coordinate Systems in GIS; Exploratory Spatial Analysis; Point Patterns and Raster Surfaces; Spatial Regression; and Geographically Weighted Regression.

Core Services

All trainees may use CSDE core services. CSDE has a dedicated and highly professional staff whose mission is to support and facilitate demographic research through the Center’s four core service areas - Administration and Information Management, Biodemography, Computing, and Data and Methods.

Financial Support for Research

CSDE Fellowships - Graduate students in our formally affiliated programs are eligible to apply for fellowships that come with a monthly stipend and are awarded for a 12 month period. Information on the most recent call for Fellows can be found here.

This is the evaluation rubric for our fellowship program. Our training program well prepares our students for successfully accomplishing the evaluative criteria required in our fellowship application.

Conference Attendance - CSDE Trainees may apply for support for travel to present demographic research in professionally-oriented or academic conferences. Priority is given for participation at the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meeting.

Demographic Training Certificate Courses

  1. SOC/CSDE 513
  2. SOC/CSDE 533
  3. CSDE 501 (two years of enrollment)
  4. CSDE 502 (1 year of enrollment)

Eligible Population and Demographic Courses:

3 courses for grade and credit
1 of these must be outside your department


Department of Anthropology

  • BIOA 423: Social Networks & Health
  • BIOA 450: Biodemography Seminar
  • BIOA 455: Reproductive Ecology Laboratory Seminar
  • BIOA 473: Biological Adaptability of Human Populations
  • BIOA 482: Human Population Genetics
  • BIOA 483: Human Genetics, Disease, and Culture
  • BIOA 520: Human Behavioral Ecology
  • BIOA 526: Quantitative Methods and Modeling for Biocultural Anthropology
  • BIOA 568: Human Reproductive Ecology
  • BIOA 569 Behavioral Ecology & Demography
  • BIOA 590/CSDE 595: Biomarker Methods in the Social Sciences
  • ANTHRO 436: Comparative Family Organizations
  • ANTHRO 535: Research in Demography & Population Studies

Department of Economics

  • ECON 541: Labor Economics
  • ECON 542: Labor Economics II
  • ECON 543: Population Economics
  • ECON 585: Adv. Applied Econometrics
  • ECON 591: Microecon. of Development
  • ECON 592: Macroecon of Development

Department of Epidemiology

  • EPI 547: Health and Health Care: Population Health, Social Determinants, and Health Disparities
  • EPI 548: Social Determinants of Health Research Methods
  • AND (one additional course from the following or a course approved by the faculty mentor)
  • EPI 539: Research methods in developing countries
  • EPI 554: Introduction to epidemic modeling for infectious diseases
  • EPI 555: Statistical methods for spatial epidemiology
  • EPI 590A: Cancer health disparities

Department of Geography

  • GEOG 542: Research Seminar: Social and Population Geography
  • GEOG 505: Spatial Dimensions of Chinese Development
  • GEOG 543: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race
  • GEOG 578: Internal Spatial Structure of Cities
  • GEOG 580: Medical Geography
  • AND (one of following)
  • GEOG 430: Contemporary Dev’t Issues in Latin America
  • GEOG 431: Geography & Gender
  • GEOG 435: Industrialization and Urbanization in China
  • GEOG 438: Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development

Department of Sociology

  • SOC 431/531: Fertility and Mortality
  • SOC 430/530: Urbanization and Urbanism
  • SOC 583: Special Topics in Demography & Ecology

Department of Statistics

  • STAT 519: Time Series Analysis
  • CS&SS 510: Maximum Likelihood Methods for the Social Sciences
  • CS&SS 526: Structural Equation Models for the Social Sciences
  • CS&SS 527: Survey Research Methods
  • CS&SS 529: Sample Survey Techniques
  • CS&SS 536: Analysis of Categorical and Count Data
  • CS&SS 544: Event History Analysis for the Social Sciences
  • CS&SS 560: Hierarchical Modeling
  • CS&SS 564: Bayesian Statistics
  • CS&SS 565: Inequality: Trends & Explanations
  • CS&SS 566: Causal Modeling
  • CS&SS 567: Statistical Analysis of Social Networks
  • CS&SS 569: Visualizing Data
  • CS&SS 594: Special Topics in Social Science and Statistics

Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs

  • PBAF 569: Race and Public Policy
  • PBAF 570: Social Policy Analysis and Management
  • PBAF 571/572: Education, the Workforce and Public Policy
  • PBAF 573: U.S. Poverty and Anti-Poverty Policy

School of Social Work

  • SOC W 501: Poverty & Inequality
  • SOC W 521: Child & Family Inequalities
  • SOC W 528: Healthcare Inequalities
  • SOC W 529: Mental Health Inequalities
  • SOC W 558: Gender, Gender Identity, and Sexuality
  • SOC W 559: Child Development
  • SOC W 578: Evidence Based Practice in Child Mental Health
  • SOC W 577: Promoting Well-Being Among At-Risk Groups
  • SOC W 578: Evidence Based Practice in Child Mental Health
  • SOC W 579: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Prevention Science
  • SOC W 591: Embodiment of Risk, Health Disparities, and Stress Mechanisms
  • SOC W 600: Tutorial in Population Research
  • SOC WL 577: Promoting Well-Being Among At-Risk Groups
  • SOC WL 591A: Research to Policy
  • SOC WL 591C: The Embodiment of Risk, Health Disparities and Stress Mech.

Admissions Standards

All Demographic Methods graduate certificate trainees must apply for admission to the program. Applicants are reviewed for admission based on a set of criteria that includes: a statement of purpose indicating why demographic training is important to their current academic training and postgraduate opportunities, a letter of support from a faculty mentor indicating the student’s need for demographic training and the quality of student’s academic accomplishments, and a GPA in their graduate study that indicates high caliber work. Application to the training program opens in October and applicants are informed of their admission status by the end of that Autumn Quarter.


The CSDE Demographic Methods program is overseen on a day-to-day basis by the Director of Training for CSDE, a faculty member appointed by the Director of CSDE. In addition, the training program is supported by a Training Coordinator who organizes the two cohort-wide capstone courses that serve to bring all trainees together - the first is CSDE 501 and the second is CSDE 502. In addition to the Director of Training and the Training Coordinator, the program is overseen on a quarterly basis by the CSDE Training Committee, composed of faculty from across campus and CSDE staff most closely aligned with the training resources. The Training Committee conducts an annual review of Trainees, makes funding decisions with regards to fellowship resources, and reviews and approves all changes to the Training Program.

Grading/Assessment/Minimum Standards

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the core courses required for the certificate and a grade of 2.7 or higher for each course counted toward the Certificate.


The program budget includes the support by the College of Arts and Sciences for the Director of Training and the Training Coordinator. Besides CSDE 501 & 502, all of the courses associated with the program are existing courses already supported by their respective departments. Most of the courses are hosted by training program affiliated departments with an agreement between CSDE and the affiliated departments that the departments will continue to support these courses and the disciplinary training in population studies. The relationship is mutually beneficial for all parties, given the significant research and training support provided by CSDE to students and faculty in each of these departments. The enhanced training capacity building ensures that their students are subsequently successfully employed in their discipline.


Please contact Sara Curran (CSDE Training Director) , Susan Cassels (CSDE Training Coordinator) , or the CSDE training committee members.