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 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.
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 F560 Grief in the Family Context: (3 cr.) (prerequisite: 6 cr. of social and behavioral courses or consent of instructor)
* Other practicum/internship courses may be substituted for B675 with advisor approval.
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Students must satisfy the following requirements:
Frequently Asked Questions
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