Department-Specific Requirements

Department-Specific Requirements

Anthropology

PSTC trainees in Anthropology take two courses in the department and one population-related elective in another relevant department.

Population Track Courses
Anthropology courses are directly geared to preparation for research in anthropological demography. Trainees must take two specialized courses in anthropological demography and one population-related elective in another relevant department.

  1. Anthropological Demography (ANTH 2300)
  2. Issues in Anthropology and Population (ANTH 2304)
  3. Elective course in population track in another relevant department

Exams and Committee Requirements
Anthropology doctoral students are required to prepare for and take examinations in three fields in their third year, and PSTC trainees in Anthropology must include anthropological demography as one of those three.

Economics

Economics doctoral students take eight courses in the department and then must pass core exams at the end of the first year.

Population Track Courses
PSTC trainees in Economics take one foundational course and at least two population-related electives in the Economics department.

  1. Economics of Labor and Population
  2. Elective course in population track
  3. Elective course in population track

Elective Courses include:

  • Topics in Labor Economics (ECON 2330)
  • Economics of Health and Population (ECON 2360)
  • Inequality: Theory and Evidence (ECON 2370)
  • Economic Development I (ECON 2510)
  • Economic Development II (ECON 2520)
  • Dynamic Optimization and Economic Growth (ECON 2830)
  • Economic Growth II (ECON 2520)
  • Economics of Labor and Population (ECON 2320)
  • Urbanization (ECON 2410)
  • The Structure of Cities (ECON 2420)
  • Topics in Economics: Economics and Psychology (ECON 2190E)
  • Topics in Experimental and Behavioral Economics (ECON 2535)

Exams and Committee Requirements
At the end of the second year, PSTC trainees in Economics must pass an oral exam for which at least one PSTC faculty associate serves on the examination committee.

Political Science

PSTC trainees in Political Science  currently follow the Sociology population track. See below for requirements.

Public Health

Requirements for PSTC trainees in Public Health consist of two population-track courses, an advanced population-related elective in Public Health, and an outside course:

Population Track Courses
1. Analysis of Population Based Data Sets (PHP2430)
2. Social Determinants of Health (PHP 1920)

Elective Courses
All PSTC trainees in Public Health must take an advanced population-related elective in Public Health and complete an outside course in Anthropology, Economics, or Sociology from the PSTC list of approved electives.  See department-specific electives on this page. 

The outside course must be in addition to those in your degree program (e.g., you cannot count Economics of Health and Population both for the Health Economics track in HSR and for the outside course requirement for the PSTC).

Sociology

Sociology doctoral students take five core courses in the discipline in their first year.

Population Track Courses
PSTC trainees in Sociology take a sequence of two foundational courses as well as an additional population-related elective:

  1. Principles of Population (SOC 2080)
  2. Techniques of Demographic Analysis (SOC 2230)
  3. Elective course in population track

Elective Courses include:

  • Principles and Methods of GIS (SOC1871F)
  • Event History Analysis (SOC 2240)
  • Advanced Demographic Techniques (SOC 2260F)
  • Migration (SOC 2320)
  • Fertility (SOC 2360)
  • Mortality (SOC 2380)
  • Spatial Thinking in Social Science (SOC2610)
  • Urban Sociology (SOC 2960C)
  • Spatial Data Analysis Techniques in the Social Sciences (SOC 2960G)
  • Demography of the Life Course (SOC 2960H)
  • Special Topics in Population (SOC 2960L)
  • Social Network Analysis (SOC 2960P)

Exams and Committee Requirements
All PSTC trainees in Sociology must take two prelim exams and include at least one PSTC faculty associate on their master’s and dissertation committees.