HPC Membership Programs

3/10/2021 Version 1

The HPC Membership Programs include two components.

  • The HPC Faculty Associate Program (HPC-FA) is an existing program over the last few decades. The purpose of HPC-FA is to build an entity of multidisciplinary experts within Hopkins that combines the core strengths in social science, public health, biostatistics, and other relevant disciplines in emerging areas of population dynamics research to promote population dynamics and population health research.
  • The HPC External Affiliate Program (HPC-EA) was recently established in December 2020. The purpose of the HPC-EA is to build a wide research community of population scientists.

The two components differ in two important ways.

  • Coverage difference. The HPC-FA applies to Hopkins internally and the HPC-EA applies to institutions outside Hopkins. 
  • Size difference. The HPC-FA is comprised of the majority of the membership body, whereas the HPC-EA size is capped at 10% of the total membership size.

Aside from the above differences, the HPC-FA and HPC-EA are under the same eligibility, application process, rights, responsibilities, and review as described below.


  • JHU faculty members on the tenure or non-tenure tracks who have engaged or have developing interests in population research in HPC’s primary research areas (PRAs), including Poverty and Inequality, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Family, Maternal and Child Health.
  • Research associates or lecturers are not eligible.

Application process:

  • Any current HPC-FA members can nominate an HPC-FA candidate. The nomination materials include a nomination letter accompanied with an NIH-style biosketch and an academic CV of the candidate. Email the nomination materials to the HPC leadership ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected]).
  • The HPC’s Faculty Coordinating Committee will review and determine whether or not to approve the nomination.
  • ●       Once approved, the candidate will receive an appointment letter from the HPC Director and formally become a member of the HPC-FA and enjoy the rights and responsibilities listed below.


  • Attending and presenting at HPC seminars, workshops, and symposia through the Administrative Core
  • Participating in HPC’s Early Career Associates (HPC-ECA) programs where relevant and Research Theme Working Groups through the Development Core
  • Receiving Methods Services, such as Advanced Data Analytics, Advanced Demographic Measurement and Modeling, and Data Collection Methods in the 21st Century, and Computing services, and accessing Data Hub through the Scientific Core
  • Receiving career, substantive or methodological mentorship from fellow Associates, including mentorship from senior Associates to ECAs


  • Contributing to the HPC mission:

“The Hopkins Population Center (HPC) stimulates and facilitates original research that combines the core strengths in social science, public health, and biostatistics in emerging areas of population dynamics research. The HPC promotes cutting-edge methodology that integrates demography, population health and data science. The HPC has a priority in nurturing early-career Faculty Associates. This mission is based on the significance and innovation of three primary research areas.”

  • Developing research projects on population dynamics and seeking external funding from NICHD-PDB and relevant NIH Institutes/Centers and other funders
  • Providing career, substantive or methodological mentorship to fellow Associates

Membership review: The leadership will review HPC Associates at regular intervals to ensure that their work continues to fit the eligibility criteria outlined above. If any current associates are no longer engaged in research that fits the HPC mission or PRAs, they will be removed from the membership and notified by the Director