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Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Health

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Health

Indiana University

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 already employed professionals 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 many programs 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


The Certificate is 12 credit hours, and includes a 3 credit practicum. Much of the coursework and the practicum can be completed online or on campus. The 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 and MPH and MS degrees in the School of Public Health.



Program Requirements

Compelete the following courses (6 credits):

_____    3      SPH- H 524 / EDUC-P 513  Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology (3 cr.)
_____    3      SPH- B 675  Practicum in Gerontology  *                              

Complete two of the following courses  (6  credits):

_____    3      ACE D505 Adult Learning Through the Lifespan (3 cr.)
_____    3      ACE D506 Adult Education, Planning, and Development (3 cr.)
_____    3      EDUC-P 517 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.)
_____    3      EDUC-P 518 Social Aspects of Aging and Aging Families (3 cr.)
_____    3      SPH B535 Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health (3 cr.)
_____    3      SPH B615 Health, Longevity, and Integrative Therapies for the Later Years (3 cr.)

* Other practicum/internship courses may be substituted for B675 with advisor approval.

Download detailed description about the courses.


Students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Provide a transcript of all previous coursework at a college or university
  • Complete the Certificate application form and attach a resume with two letters of reference

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Certificate.