Hopkins Population Center (HPC) stimulates and facilitates innovative, impactful research that combines the core strengths in social science, public health, medical science, and biostatistics in emerging areas of population research. HPC promotes innovative methodology beyond traditional demography to integrate systems science and computational modeling. HPC promotes exemplary interdisciplinary research that is translational to inform policy makers, with a priority on the growth of young investigators. Our research is rooted in three primary research areas:

  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Family, Maternal and Child Health

News & Announcements

Fentanyl test strips detect deadly synthetic opioid in drug supply

Public health advocates and officials are at odds over programs that allow drug users to bring in their illicit drugs to test them for a deadly synthetic opioid. Health advocates say such programs help reduce fatal overdoses by fentanyl, a powerful synthetic that has taken lives and ravaged communities across the country. Faculty Associate Susan… Read more »


Trump rolls out drug price plan but it’s still a work in progress

Many of the policies the government listed in its 44-page “American Patients First” plan are either modest steps the administration has already taken, or policies that it has identified as needing further time and study. Faculty Associate Gerard Anderson is quoted.


People Are Using a $1 Test Strip to Check Their Drugs for Fentanyl

Fentanyl, an opioid drug 50 times more potent than heroin is now the leading cause of fatal overdoses nationwide, killing about two people a day in Baltimore alone. Public health experts nationwide, mostly in big cities, are providing fentanyl test strips to drug users to let them test the drugs for themselves. Faculty Associate Susan Sherman, one… Read more »