Population, Education and Health Center

The Population, Education and Health Center (PEHC) at the University of Missouri is a research center dedicated to promoting cutting edge, population-level research that uses non-public microdata. Through training, research and dialogue, the PEHC promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty who conduct national and international population, education and health research.

The PEHC was made possible through the cross-campus cooperation of many entities at the University of Missouri. To establish the PEHC, funding was received from Mizzou Advantage; the School of Medicine; the College of Human Environmental Sciences; the College of Engineering; the School of Journalism; the Trulaske College of Business; the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; the College of Education; the College of Arts & Science; the School of Health Professions; the Truman School of Public Affairs; and the Provost’s Office.

The PEHC was part of a successful proposal to the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and is home to the University of Missouri Research Data Center (MU RDC). The MU RDC is part of the part of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center program and provides a secure environment where researchers have access to restricted use datasets for research in economics, sociology and public health.

To promote research using RDC data, the PEHC offers competitive Small Grant awards and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships, and also hosts a lively seminar series, which is held on selected Thursdays at 12:30 pm. The seminar series offers a diverse set of speakers from MU and from other institutions. The presentations are lively and offer the opportunity to engage with colleagues from other disciplines.

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Understanding Social and Economic Data-The PEHC will be working with faculty from Cornell to host a for-credit course at the University of Missouri. This course will provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data come from and how it can be used for research. The course also aims to teach students basic and advanced techniques for acquiring and transforming raw information into social and economic data. The course is particularly aimed at Ph.D. students who are interested in using public-use and confidential U.S. Census Bureau data, and the confidential data of other American statistical agencies that cooperate with the Census Bureau. The course is taught as a mixture of self-guided online videos (MOOC-style) together with in-classroom discussions of the material. Students from multiple universities, scattered across the country and participating via video conference, and from multiple domains (economics, demography, geography, statistics) contribute to the discussion.

The course will be held on Thursdays during the fall semester from 3:25-5:00pm in Strickland Hall 117. More information on the course can be found here. If you have questions about this course, or are interested in registering, please contact Dr. Peter Mueser: mueserp@missouri.edu; 573-882-6427.

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