Center for Population Studies

University of Mississippi


The Center for Population Studies (CPS) educates, conducts research, and engages in public outreach concerning population issues. CPS works with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and numerous other partners within The University of Mississippi and beyond, including colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

CPS is the lead agency for the State Data Center for Mississippi, a joint program of the US Census Bureau and the State of Mississippi. In this capacity, CPS distributes census and related data, provides instruction on data analysis, and serves as the liaison between the Census Bureau and the users of census and related data.

Also housed within CPS, the Applied Policy and Community Research Laboratory provides an avenue through which students are able to collaborate with faculty and nonprofit organizations to engage in timely and meaningful research.

The Mississippi Health and Hunger Atlas is a program associated with CPS that can be used as a tool for improving assessment of need and performance in order to promote improved practices and decision-making related to hunger and health in Mississippi.

The Society and Health Minor is coordinated by CPS in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts. This minor is for undergraduates interested in the social, cultural, and ethical dimensions to understanding and improving population health.

The Editorial Office of the open-access Journal of Rural Social Sciences is housed within CPS.