Gerontology refers to the study of aging, and also includes adult development. The existence of large numbers of individuals over the age of 65 is unprecedented in the history of humankind. In the next ten years, the number of older adults is expected to double in developed countries, and quadruple in the developing world. This growth will pose major challenges for societies in addressing the health, economic, and social needs of this population.
To address these challenges, students, researchers, and practitioners in the field of aging will need to take a multidisciplinary approach to solving these challenges, which will require an understanding of biological, psychological, sociocultural, and design and engineering factors. Accordingly, we have designed a multidisciplinary minor, drawing upon faculty across campus, which is tailored to individual student needs.
Students are required to have a 3.0 GPA and to have one of the gerontology faculty on their committee. Students must take 18 credits, but can decide the classes in conjunction with their committee. Sample classes include:
H 536. Healthcare Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
H 558. Reimbursement Mechanisms (3)
H 576. Program Planning/Proposal Writing in Health/Human Services (4)
H 568. Financing and Administration of Long-Term Care (3)
H 599. Special Topics: "Epidemiology of Aging" (3)
HDFS 518. Adult Development and Aging (4)
HDFS 519. The Life Course (4)
HDFS 565. Topics in Human Development and Family Sciences (3):
"Psychosocial Factors in Aging"
"Stress and Coping Across the Lifespan"
HDFS 587. Social Gerontology (3)
HDFS 617. Advanced Topics in Adult Development and Aging (3)
NUTR 520. Medical Nutrition Therapy (5)
PHL 544. Biomedical Ethics (4)
PHL 555. Death and Dying (3)
SOC 532. Sociology of Aging (3)