Gerontology Graduate Minor

Graduate Areas of Concentration

Gerontology

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 536HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP THEORY AND BEHAVIOR3
H 554EPIDEMIOLOGY OF AGING3
H 558REIMBURSEMENT MECHANISMS3
H 576PROGRAM PLANNING/PROPOSAL WRITING IN HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES4
H 568FINANCING AND ADMINISTRATION OF LONG-TERM CARE3
HDFS 518ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING4
HDFS 519THE LIFE COURSE4
HDFS 565TOPICS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES (“Psychosocial Factors in Aging” - “Stress and Coping Across the Lifespan”)3
HDFS 587SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY3
HDFS 617ADVANCED TOPICS IN ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING3
PHL 544BIOMEDICAL ETHICS4
PHL 555DEATH AND DYING3
SOC 532SOCIOLOGY OF AGING3

Minor Code: 4370