Interconnected Social Systems and Population Health


Knowing that individuals do not make decisions about demographic, health-related and other social behaviors in isolationDPRC scholars and researchers understand the important role of social connections and network concepts and analyses in contemporary population research.

DPRC researchers examine how social affiliations and social connections among individuals contribute to family formation, affect health and health behaviors over the life course and contribute to the diffusion of diseases. With a commitment to pushing the boundaries in this research area, DPRC also funds innovative survey sampling.

In collaboration with the Duke Networks Analysis Center (DNAC), DPRC Scholars also pursue inventive approaches to estimating models of interactions among individuals using networks as a means of organizing data collection. These new approaches have led to innovations in statistical, computational and sampling methods.

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