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Center for Population Studies
University of Mississippi


The Center for Population Studies (CPS)

  • educates, conducts research, and engages in public outreach concerning population issues
  • 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
  • is the lead agency for the State Data Center for Mississippi, a joint program of the U.S. 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.
  • houses the Applied Policy and Community Research Laboratory, providing an avenue through which students are able to collaborate with faculty and nonprofit organizations to engage in timely and meaningful research
  • coordinates the Society and Health Minor 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.
  • houses the Editorial Office of the open-access Journal of Rural Social Sciences, published through UM’s institutional repository, eGrove
  • is associated with the Mississippi Health and Hunger Atlas, 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
  • publishes a Population Briefs series through UM’s institutional repository, eGrove