Population and Health

Population and health outcomes - births, marriages, geographic moves, poor health, death - are fundamental human experiences that are heavily conditioned by social structures and social processes. Ohio State sociologists are engaged in research on population and health outcomes globally and in the U.S. One stream of research examines the enormous changes that have occurred in developing countries in recent decades, including changes in birth rates, health, and migration patterns. Other faculty study trends and disparities in the U.S. Adolescence and the transition to adulthood is one area of major emphasis at OSU. Some of this research gives special attention to the role of social and neighborhood context in shaping young adult transitions. Inter-relations between marriage and other key outcomes, including health, is another area of emphasis. A number of faculty investigate disparities in health according to class, race, and gender. Immigration to the U.S., and the status of immigrants in U.S. society - their economic well-being, their marriage prospects - is another area of investigation for department faculty. OSU research on population and health is characterized by sophistication and innovation in research methodology - methods for data collection, and techniques for data analysis.


Chris Browning, Professor
John Casterline, Professor
Sam Clark, Professor
Cynthia Colen, Associate Professor
Ed Crenshaw, Associate Professor
Reanne Frank, Associate Professor
Sarah Hayford, Associate Professor
David Melamed, Assistant Professor
Corinne Reczek, Associate Professor
Kammi Schmeer, Assistant Professor
Kristi Williams, Professor
Mike Vuolo, Associate Professor
Kara Young, Assistant Professor
Hui Zheng, Associate Professor