Welcome to the Department of Population Studies. The University of Zambia, Department of Population Studies, is the largest and leading institution in training in demography in Zambia. Our training programmes include the Bachelor of Arts in Demography, the Master of Arts in Population Studies, PhD in Population Studies and the Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation. In addition, the Department runs a Centre of Excellence in Monitoring and Evaluation which offers high level skills design and implementation of planning, monitoring and evaluation.


The Department of Population Studies was established on 28th March, 2011 taking over from Demography Division which was established in 1986, Under the Department of Social Development Studies with UNFPA support. The Department is made up of 15 dedicated members of staff with enormous research and training experience.

The Department has so far produced over 1000 Demographers with interdisciplinary orientations. The department boasts of unparralled experience in conducting research from a wide array of sectors. It was primarily responsible for carrying out the  1992 Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS), the 1995 IEC baseline survey for Zambia Family Planning Services Project  and the 1999  Maternal Mortality Study executed by the Central Board of Health (CBoH). It was also involved in the ZDHS of 1996, 2001-2002, and 2007, 2013-14 and 2018. It has worked closely with CSO and other partners to execution of  population and Housing censuses and large scale surveys such as the Living conditions and Monitoring Survey(LCMS), Zambia Population based HIV impact Assessment( ZAMPHIA) ,  Health and well –being of children survey (H-WELL)Case based Surveillance. It has implemented large scale projects such as case based surveillance and monitoring of Saving Mothers giving life initiative (SMGL). Since 2007, the department has had a cooperative agreement between the Centres for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) amounting to over eight million USD. To date, it has established extensive links and collaborations with other universities outside the country and organisations within and outside the country

About the Demography programme

Demography is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. Most people think Demography is just mathematics in disguise – a sort of dry social accounting. Once exposed to the subject, however, many change their minds. So will you!

 You will come to appreciate the profound impact demographic forces have on society.

Demography studies human populations: their size, composition, and distribution, as well as the causes and consequences of changes in these factors.

Demography is also interdisciplinary as it draws its subject matter and methods from many disciplines such as Statistics, Mathematics, Sociology, Economics, Biology, Geography, History, and the Health Sciences.

Demography is all about our lives: when and where we were born, our marital status, the number of children we have or will have and how far apart, our movements, how long we will live, our chances of dying and what will kill us, how many jobs we’ll have and what kind, et cetera. All these are demographic phenomena and are analysed in the aggregate and in terms of their social and economic implications.

We hope you can see that if people are not interested in demographic phenomena, then they are not interested in themselves.

Why Study Demography?

Demography will open up a whole New World for you. It will teach you to think systematically, critically, analytically, and in a disciplined and informed manner. 

You will acquire skills in a lot of computer applications such as Ms-Word, Ms-Excel, SPSS, Demproj, Epi Data, Epi-Info, STATA, Cspro, QGIS etc cetera. Our programme produces the most computer literate graduates in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

There is a variety of interesting Courses offered:

  • Introduction to Demography

  • Sources and Measures of Demographic Data

  • Population Composition, Change and Theories

  • Research and Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences

  • Population and Development

  • Methods of Demographic Evaluation and Analysis

  • Computer Applications in Demography

  • Advanced Techniques of Demographic Data Analysis and Estimations

  • Research Project in Demography

  • Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Health Demography 

Research Projects in Demography

  •  Advanced Techniques of Demographic Data Analysis and Estimations
  • Research and Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences

  • Research Project in Demography

  • Computer Applications in Demography

  • Health Demography

  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Employers are increasingly recognizing the skills of Demographers and our graduates have the most sought after skills and competencies on the job market. Demography graduates get jobs in Research, Statistical Institutions, Insurance firms, Planning Units in Local government, Health, Teaching, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), and international organizations such as USAID, UNDP, JICA, UNFPA, et cetera.




The undergraduate demography program is a four year course.  To major in Demography a student is required to take at least ten demography courses in a period of four years. 

The courses given below (codes & titles), from the first to fourth year, are mandatory and must therefore be taken by all students majoring in demography.



DEM 1110:    Introduction to demography


DEM 2110:     Introduction to sources and measures of demographic data                     

DEM 2210:    Introduction to population composition and components of Population

DEM 2414:     Research and statistical methods in social   Sciences                        

DEM3110:      Population and Development
DEM 3210:     Introduction to methods of demographic Data Evaluation and analysis

DEM 3310:     Computer applications in demography


DEM 4110:     Techniques of Demographic Analysis and Estimation

DE M 4214:    Social research methods and project work in demography

DEM 9114:     Monitoring and Evaluation

DEM 9210:     Health demography




The Master’s Program is full-time. The Program duration is 24 months



    POP: 5210    Applied Demography
    POP: 5110    Advanced Demographic Analysis
    POP 5310:    Survey Data Analysis
    POP 5400:    Social Research Methods


    POP 6100:    Research and Dissertation  


The requirements for Doctor of Philosophy in Population Studies are:

(a) Master’s Degree in Demography or Population Studies

(b) Master’s Degree in a relevant Filed with good command in Mathematics or any quantitative methods.



The Monitoring and Evaluation Centre of Excellence was established in 2006 through technical Support from UNFPA, CDC (PEPFAR funding) and MEASURE Evaluation to;

  1. Offer Monitoring and Evaluation and Data Analysis training in Zambia.

  2. Conduct Evaluation and Research activities to support evidence of public and private sector investments in Zambia.

The UNZA M&E CoE has partnered with a number of international and local organisations to offer customised M&E and data analysis capacity building initiatives and information systems strengthening.

  1. Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Association (ZaMEA) Collaboration to organize evaluation conferences and M&E conduct trainings.

  2. MEASURE Evaluation- University of North Carolina Collaboration to strengthen staff capacity building and design Data analysis trainings.




The program will have five modules that will be handled in three block visits; each during term breaks of the university calendar. The first two block visits will be a week each. Module 1 and 2 will be covered in the first visit while module 3 and 4 will be covered in the second visit. The third and last block visit will cover module 5 and will last two weeks as this will be a hands on session for qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Students will be expected to attend the three contact sessions during the course of the academic year.


The course will focus on the following;

  1. Principles and Paradigms of Evaluation

  2. Clarificative Evaluation

  3.  Process Evaluation and Program Monitoring

  4. Data collection for Evaluation research

  5. Data management, Analysis and Reporting

  6. Monitoring and Evaluation project



  1. An applicant must possess the following minimum qualifications;

  2. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised University.

  3. A Diploma in any field with relevant work experience

A certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Centre of Excellence of the Department of Population Studies at the University of Zambia will be an added advantage.



An applicant must;

  1. Collect application forms from the Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies or download the forms from the University website: www.unza.zm. Completed application forms should be accompanied by a payment of a non-refundable application fee of K150.00 for Zambians and US$60.00 for non-Zambians. Postal and Money Orders are no longer accepted. Money should be deposited into Account number 0100110272200 Standard Chartered Main Branch Lusaka.

  2. Submit the completed forms and certified transcripts and certificates not later than September 13, 2019.

  3. Submit a motivational essay of not more than one page explaining why the applicant wishes to undertake the programme.


Tuition fees

Description Zambia & SADC Non SADC
Tuition K 16, 789.00 $ 7, 460.00

Registration fees

Description Zambian & SADC Non SADC
Registration K 500.00 $ 80.00

Other fees

Description Zambian & SADC Non SADC
Student Amnesties K 150.00 $ 50.00
Medical K 200.00 $ 60.00
Union K 150.00 $ 50.00
Maintenance K 200.00 $ 60.00
Internet Connectivity K 200.00 $ 50.00
Student Handbook K 200.00 $ 60.00
Library K 400.00 $ 60.00
Examination K 1, 988.00 $ 500.00


1.  25% of Tuition fees to be paid upon registration

2. 75% of Tuition fee to be paid before examination date  

2. 100% of Registration and Other fees should to be paid upon registration



The programme comprises of 5 taught modules (3 block releases plus a project).

Block 1 (Module 1 and 2)-five days (October, 2019)

Block 2 (Module 3 and 4)-five days (February, 2020)

Block 3 (Module 5)-Seven days (May, 2020)



The study period for this programme is strictly 1 year.



The Director

Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies

University of Zambia

P O Box 32379



Tel/Fax: +260-211-290258; Emails: drgs@unza.zm or population@unza.zm 



The University of Zambia, Department of Population Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation Centre of Excellence in collaboration with International and Local Cooperating Partners also conducts trainings in the following short-courses.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

This short course provides participants with an understanding of concepts, components and skills in planning, monitoring and evaluation as they design and implement M&E plans.

The short course focuses on the following;

  1. Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks

  2. Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators

  3. Monitoring and Evaluation Data System

  4. Monitoring Data Collection Tools

  5. Designing Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plans

  6. Linking M&E Planning circle and Budgeting


Data Analysis using SPSS and MS EXCEL

This short course provides participants with an understanding of data Analysis Concepts and Data Analysis Tools using SPSS and Excel.

The short course focuses on the following;

  1. Designing Data Entry Screen
  2.  Data Coding
  3.    Data entry
  4.     Introduction to Data Analysis Concepts
  5.     Creating A Data Analysis Plan
  6.     Performing data analysis using SPSS and Excel
  7.     Effective ways of presenting data to different users in Excel
  8.     Equip participants with skills of report formatting

Survey Data Analysis Using Stata Software

This short course provides participants with an understanding of data Analysis Concepts and Data Analysis Tools using STATA.

The short course focuses on the following;

  1. Overview of STATA

  2.  Designing Data Entry Screen

  3.  Introduction to Data Analysis using STATA

Mapping and Presentation of Data Using QGIS

This short course employs easy-to-use processes and tools to transform inter-source data and knowledge into actionable graphs and maps that seek to build technical capacity in spatial data visualization using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technologies to inform evidence-based strategic planning, decision making and resource allocation in Zambia.

The short course focuses on the following;

  1. Introduction to Geographical Information System

  2. Collection of Spatial Data

  3. Spatial Data Integration & Co-ordinate Reference Systems

  4. Spatial Data Analysis

  5. Data Visualization Using QGIS

Monitoring and Evaluation 2 Weeks K 3,000
Data Analysis using SPSS and MS Excel 2 Weeks K 1, 500
Survey Data Analysis using STATA Software 2 Weeks K 1, 500
Mapping and Presentation of Data using QGIS 2 Weeks K 1, 500



The short courses cover fundamental concepts and tools for monitoring and evaluation, survey data analysis, qualitative data analysis, mapping and presentation of data. The target audience includes National level M&E Professionals and their counterparts, Programme officers, Researchers, Planners, Consultants, Statisticians, Data Analysts, Academia, Programme Advisors and Students etc. The short courses are also designed for Officers in Government, Non-Governmental Organisations, Private Sector and all National and sub-National level institutions with interest in monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, visualization and presentation of data.


  • Understanding of basic statistics
  • Working in an environment related to Health, Education, Business, Planning, and Research, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation or any other Social and Applied Sciences.
  • University/College graduate



The study period for the short-courses is two weeks plus an extra day for the exam. All short-courses are conducted in the evenings from 16:30 to 19:30 hours.



For details relating to application forms and tuition fees, please contact:

University of Zambia, Department of Population Studies

Cell lines – 0974-438969 or 0961-032-092

Emails: marthamtonga88@gmail.com, jsimpanzye@gmail.com , milika7555@gmail.com

Website: www.unza.zm or https://www.unza.zm/schools/humanities/departments/population-studies



  • Epidemiology for Data Users (EDU)

  • Quality Improvement through Data Use (QIDU)

  • Integration of Population Variables into Development Planning (IPD)


  • Saving mothers giving life 

  •  Zambia population based HIV/AIDS impact assessment

  • Rural – urban differentials in the prevalence of overweight  and obesity in Zambia among women of child-bearing age

  • Birth registration among under five children in Zambia: Zambia demographic and health survey 2013 & 2014 data

  • Does circumcision influence risky sexual behavior among circumcised sexually active men in Zambia? Evidence from the 2013 – 2014 Zambia demographic health survey

  • Predicators of divorce among women of reproductive age in Zambia: evidence from the 2013 – 2014 Zambia demographic and health survey

  • Does education protect women against domestic violence? Investigating the relationship between levels of education and experiences of spousal violence among married women respondents in the 2013 – 2014 Zambia demographic and health survey



Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Association (ZAMEA);  Ministry of Health (MOH); Measure Evaluation; National Aids Council (NAC); Palladium group;  Central Statistical office (CSO); CRS;  EGPAF; Save The Children International(SCI);  International Business and Technical Consultants (IBTC-USA); University of San Francisco California;     UNDP;  UNFPA;   American International Health Alliance ( AIHA)