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Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program
 

Graduate Minors

     Gerontology   College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Certificates

     Gerontology (CERT)   College of Public Health and Human Sciences  

Carolyn Aldwin, Director
Program on Gerontology
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5102
541-737-4992
E-mail: fryes@oregonstate.edu
Website: http://health.oregonstate.edu/sbhs/gerontology


Certificate Program

Gerontology

Graduate Programs

Gerontology Minor

Graduate Area of Concentration
Gerontology


The university-wide Program on Gerontology offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of aging. Because aging involves physiological, sociological and psychological processes, gerontology education and research is relevant to many disciplines. Career opportunities in gerontology are extremely diverse and include positions in community services, health sciences, nutrition and dietetics, housing, health and physical education, pharmacy, counseling, health care administration, business, public policy, and many other arenas.

Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to study gerontology in conjunction with their major field.

Recognizing the diversity of relevant disciplines and of career opportunities, the OSU Program on Gerontology offers course work in gerontology through 10 departments. The program is administered through the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

To be considered a gerontology course, at least 50 percent of the course content must address gerontology-related issues.

Gerontology courses include:
DHE 434/DHE 534. Housing the Aging Population (3)
EXSS 414. Physical Activity and Aging (3)
H 422/H 522. Health, Aging and Control of Chronic Diseases (4)
H 432/H 532. Economic Issues in Health and Medical Care (3)
H 436. Advanced Topics in Health Care Management (3)
H 458/H 558. Reimbursement Mechanisms (3)
H 465/H 565. Public Health and Women: Social and Policy Issues (3)
H 467/H 567. Long-Term Care Alternatives (3)
H 468/H 568. Financing and Administration of Long-Term Care (3)
H 476. ^Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (4)
H 536. Healthcare Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
H 576. Program Planning /Proposal Writing in Health/Human Services (4)
HDFS 314. Adult Development and Aging (4)
HDFS 465/HDFS 565. Topics in Human Development and Family Sciences (3)
HDFS 518. Adult Development and Aging (4)
HDFS 519. The Life Course (4)
HDFS 587. Social Gerontology (3)
HDFS 617. Advanced Topics in Adult Development and Aging (can repeat for max 9 credits) (3)
NUTR 420/NUTR 520. Medical Nutrition Therapy (5)
PHL 444/PHL 544. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
PHL 455/PHL 555. Death and Dying (3)
PSY 350. Human Lifespan Development (4)
SOC 432/SOC 532. Sociology of Aging (3)

In addition to gerontology courses, seminars, field study (310/410/510/610), research (401/501/601), and projects (406/506/606) in gerontology are offered through the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS). Field study, research, and projects in gerontology may also be available through other departments. Students register for field study, research, or projects credit in the department that best meets their needs for supervision given the nature of the experience.

Footnotes:

* Bacc Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

GRADUATE STUDY IN GERONTOLOGY

An integrated Gerontology minor is available to graduate students in any major field of study. The minor requires 18 to 36 credits, including HDFS 587, Social Gerontology (3). The balance of the course work is selected from graduate gerontology courses (listed above), field study or research.

Master's and doctoral students in human development and family studies may choose adult development and aging as a major area of concentration.

Gerontology is a field of study in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program.


 
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