The Center for Population Studies educates, conducts research, and engages in public outreach concerning population issues. It 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.
The CPS is the lead agency for the State Data Center for Mississippi, a joint program of the US Census Bureau and the State. In this capacity, the CPS distributes census and related data, provides instruction on data analysis, and serves as the liaison between the Bureau of the Census and the users of census and related data.
Also housed within the CPS, the Community Based Research Collaborative 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 the newest program associated with the Center. It is intended to be 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.
In collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts, the Center for Population Studies coordinates the Society and Health Minor for undergraduates interested in the social, cultural, and ethical dimension to understanding and improving population health.