Find SomeoneCampus MapsOSU Site Map

General Catalog & Schedule of Classes

Oregon State University
OSU HomeProspective StudentsCurrent StudentsFaculty & StaffAlumni & FriendsVisitors
  Quick-Jump:    
What is Quick-Jump?
Catalog HomeCatlog IndexCatalog SearchCatalog ArchiveCatalog Help

Major 

Gerontology Certificate (CERT)

Print Version Print
College of Public Health and Human Sciences | School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences | Interdisciplinary Program Detail


Carolyn Aldwin, Director
Program on Gerontology
Waldo Hall 437
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5102
541-737-2024
Email: Kaycee.headley@oregonstate.edu 
Website: http://health.oregonstate.edu/sbhs/gerontology


Undergraduate Certificate Program

Gerontology

Graduate Minor

Gerontology

Area of Concentration
Gerontology


The 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.

Recognizing the diversity of relevant disciplines and career opportunities, the OSU Program on Gerontology offers course work in gerontology through 10 schools/departments. The program is administered through the School of Social and Behavioral Health 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/H 536. 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 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 536. Healthcare Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
H 576/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 (3)
NUTR 420/NUTR 520. Medical Nutrition Therapy (5)
PHL 444/PHL 544. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
PHL 455H/PHL 555. Death and Dying (3)
PSY 350. Human Lifespan Development (4)
SOC 432/SOC 532. Sociology of Aging (3)
Note: Other courses are approved annually by the Gerontology Program.

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 Gerontology Program. Field study, research, and projects in gerontology may also be available through other schools/departments. Students register for field study, research, or projects credit in the school or department that best meets their needs for supervision given the nature of the experience.

Graduate Study in Gerontology

OSU offers over 20 graduate-level gerontology courses plus field study and research opportunities. There are three ways to pursue significant graduate work in gerontology at OSU:

  1. Gerontology may be selected as an area of concentration for both master's and doctoral degrees in Human Development and Family Studies. Students choosing this concentration will select adult development and aging course work and research in their major and may choose an integrated minor in gerontology.
  2. Gerontology is an integrated graduate minor (i.e., courses chosen from a variety of schools/departments) available to graduate students in any major field. The minor requires 18–36 credits, including HDFS 587, Social Gerontology. The balance of the course work is selected from graduate gerontology courses, field study, and/or research.
  3. Gerontology is an area of study in the Master's of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program. MAIS students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits in gerontology, including HDFS 587, Social Gerontology. The balance of courses is selected from graduate gerontology courses, field study, and/or research.


Certificate Curriculum

Students earning a baccalaureate degree in any major at OSU may earn a Certificate in Gerontology. Certificate's increase students' employability in the many professional areas related to aging. Certification in gerontology is a nationally recognized way of identifying professionals' academic study in aging.

The Certificate in Gerontology requires 27 credits and includes a required core through which students study aging as an interactive process of physical, social, and psychological forces.

Gerontology Core (10 credits)

HDFS 314. Adult Development and Aging (4)

Any two of the following selected from two different schools/departments (6–7):
DHE 434/DHE 534. Housing the Aging Population (3)
H 422/H 522. Health, Aging and Control of Chronic Diseases (4)
PSY 350. Human Lifespan Development (3)
SOC 355. Death and Dying (4)

Field Study or Field Projects in Gerontology (3–6)

May be completed in any school/department:
310. Internship/Work Experience
401. Research and Scholarship
406. Special Problems/Special Projects
    and/or 410. Internship/Work Experience

Approved Gerontology Electives (12–15)


Additional Requirements

  1. A grade of C or better in all gerontology courses. Overall GPA of 2.5.
  2. Formal application to the program; forms available from the program office in 437 Waldo Hall.
  3. Certificate requirements fulfilled within five years following graduation. Students who have not completed certificate requirements upon receipt of the degree may continue as special, postbaccalaureate, or graduate students.


Major Code: C437

Back to Top



 
Top You may return to this page by using any of the following Quick-Jump keywords:
MajorC437PHHS
Catalog HomeCatlog IndexCatalog SearchCatalog ArchiveCatalog Help
OSU HomeProspective StudentsCurrent StudentsFaculty & StaffAlumni & FriendsVisitors
Find SomeoneCampus MapsOSU Site Map