Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Health
The graduate Certificate in Gerontology will provide graduate students, individual practitioners, and professionals working with the elderly a substantive foundation in gerontology coursework at the graduate level and opportunity to apply knowledge through a practicum experience.
Why earn a Certificate in Gerontology and Health?
The reality of our aging society is resulting in a demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in ageing. There are expanding career opportunities in many fields. From working with well elderly in the community to assisting frail elders in institutions, there is a demand in fields including health care, finance, housing, education, recreation, law and counseling. In addition, new technologies are changing the way people age. Many people are starting their own businesses to help people to age well and maintain their independence. There are many diverse opportunities for a career in the field of aging.
Who can earn a Certificate?
The Certificate is designed for a variety of students:
Those in the helping and human services professions who wish to provide specialty services for older adults
Graduate students who are preparing for careers in public service and program administration related to the needs of the older population.
By selecting all electives in gerontology, masters students in health promotion can earn the certificate in conjunction with their M.S. MPH students can earn the certificate by taking only one extra course.
Candidates for graduate degrees in the basic and applied science fields who are interested in the study of aging and who may be supported by interdisciplinary research training programs
Students who already have a graduate degree
Online and On-Campus Curriculum
The Certificate is 12 credit hours, and includes a 3 credit practicum. Students do not need to be in residence in Bloomington to complete any part of the Certificate. All of the coursework and the practicum can be completed online or on campus. The online courses cover the social, cultural, biological and psychological aspects of gerontology. Current issues in pharmacology, the family, exercise physiology, and the diversity of the older adult population are featured. The interactive, multimedia courses use case studies from current practitioners.
The Certificate in Gerontology and Health can count toward a Master of Science in Adult Education.
Required Course (3 Credits):
___ HPER- H 524 Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology (3 cr.) (fall, online; spring, campus)
Required Course (3 Credits): Select one course from the following:
___HPER-F 542 Internship in Human Development and Family Studies (3 cr.) (section number designated for Certificate) (prerequisite: 6 cr. of social and behavioral courses or consent of instructor and GPA of at least 3.0) (fall, spring, summer)
___HPER-H 642 Internship in Health Promotion (3 cr.) (prerequisite: GPA of at least 3.0)
___HPER-H 643 Practicum in Health Education (3 cr.) (section number designated for Certificate) (prerequisite: GPA of at least 3.0) (fall, spring, summer)
___HPER-C 644 Field Experience in Public Health* (5 cr.) (restricted to students admitted to the MPH program) (prerequisite: GPA of at least 3.0) (fall, spring)
*MPH students earning the Certificate should take C644 (5 credits). The Certificate appended to an MPH will be a 14 credit certificate.
Elective Courses (6 Credits): Select two courses from the following:
___EDUC-P 518 Social Aspects of Aging and Aging Families (3 cr.) (spring, online)
___EDUC-P 517 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.) (fall, online)
___HPER-C 615 Health, Longevity, and Integrative Therapies for the Later Years (3 cr.) (fall, online)
___HPER-C 535 Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health (3 cr.) (spring, online)
___HPER-C 625 Technological Designs for Health and Independence (3 cr.) (fall, campus)
___HPER-F 560 Grief in the Family Context (3 cr.) (prerequisite: 6 cr. of social and behavioral courses or consent of instructor) (fall, online)
___HPER-F 533 Human Development III: Adulthood (3 cr.) (prerequisite: 6 cr. of social and behavioral courses or consent of instructor) (fall, campus)
___HPER-R 565 Leisure and Aging (3 cr.) (fall, campus)
___HPER-R 566 Therapeutic Interventions with the Elderly (3 cr.) (spring, online)
___ACE D505 Adult Learning through the Lifespan (3cr.) (fall, online)
___ACE D506 Adult Education Planning and Development (3cr.) (spring, online)
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Students must satisfy the following requirements:
Frequently Asked Questions
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