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College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Department of Population Studies Short Profile

The department of population studies was opened in 2010. It has been the first department in the country by offering undergraduate program in population studies. The program focuses on the area of fertility, mortality and morbidity, migration, urbanization and settlement , nutrition, environment and development, gender, family planning , maternal and new born health, adolescent and youth reproductive health, STIs, and HIV/AIDS, abortion, harmful traditional practices, gender based violence, research activities on population issues, project planning , analysis and evaluation, etc.

In addition to the undergraduate program, the department provides masters program in Population and Reproductive Health both in the summer and extension programs. So far three batches were graduated in the undergraduate program. The number of students who graduated in 2013, 2014 and 2015 were 38, 52 and 56 students respectively. Currently, in the undergraduate program, the department has a total 160 students, of these, 42(first year), 60 (second year) and 58(third year) students. In the postgraduate program, we have 10 summer and 14 extension masters’ students.
Currently the Department has a total of 9 staff with different areas of specialization. Among the 9 staff, 1 PhD (Assistant Professors), 6 masters, and 2 staff on study leave for their PhD.


The department is working with different national and international organizations both governmental and non-governmental to promote quality of education, research and community services. Some of the organizations that work with the department are UNFPA, MoFED, FGAE, Packard Foundation, Pathfinder International Ethiopia, CORHA, Amhara Development Association and USAID.

Research Areas of the Department:

Migration, fertility, mortality, population and development, reproductive health, Family planning, nutrition, population and Environment and gender and HIV/AIDS.

Contact Person

Mr. Amare Tazeze
MA in Human Geography
Head, department of population studies

Mobile phone: +251912848121
P. O. Box: 196
University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia