Program on Gerontology Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements

Program on Gerontology

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Gerontology Core Courses (4 credits)

  • HDFS 314 Adult Development and Aging (4)

Approved Gerontology Electives (18-23 credits)

Electives from list of approved Gerontology Classes (12–15 credits)

18-23 credits of gerontology electives are required beyond the gerontology core to complete the minimum of 27 credits of gerontology study.

Credits must be from at least two subject codes from the following list:

  • H 210. Introduction to Health Care System
  • H 225. Social and Individual Health Determinants
  • H 250. Introduction to Health Care Management
  • H 320. Introduction to Human Disease (3)
  • H 433. Economic Issues in Health & Medical Care (3)
  • H 436. Advanced Topics in Health Care Management (3)
  • H 458. Reimbursement Mechanisms (3)  
  • H 476. Planning & Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (4)
  • HDFS 461. Program Development & Proposal Writing (4)
  • HDFS 462. Professional Helping Skills (4)
  • HDFS 465 Topics in Human Development & Family Sciences (3)
  • KIN 434. Applied Muscle Physiology (3)
  • KIN 437. Physical Activity, Aging, & Chronic Disease (4)
  • NUTR 312. Issues in Nutrition & Health (3)
  • NUTR 325. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (3)
  • NUTR 423. Community Nutrition (4)
  • PHL 444.  Biomedical Ethics (4)
  • PHL 455.  Death & Dying (3)
  • PSY 350. Human Lifespan Development (4)
  • SOC 355. Death & Dying (4)

Field study or field projects in Gerontology — Any Department (3–6 credits)

  • Field study (310/410/510/610)
  • Research (401/501/601)
  • or Projects (406/506/606)

3-6 credits of an approved field experience or an approved research field project are required. No more than 6 credits of field study will count toward certificate completion.

Field Experience or Internships involve professional level work experience in an agency or organization that serves older adults. To be considered for a field placement, at least half of the student's time must be spent working with or for older individuals.

9 credits of gerontology course work must be completed prior to beginning field study. Exceptions may be approved by the Gerontology Program Director.

Specific requirements for field study are cooperatively developed by the faculty supervisor, student, and a community agency. The type of field study selected should reflect the student's career interests, as well as the student's competencies and the community agency's needs.

Field study in gerontology must be approved by the Program on Gerontology if it is to be used to meet Certificate requirements. Approval forms are available from the Program on Gerontology.

Before field study starts

Ordinarily, nine credits of gerontology course work must be completed prior to beginning field study.

Specific requirements for field study are cooperatively developed by the faculty supervisor, student, and a community agency. The type of field study selected should reflect the student's career interests, as well as the student's competencies and the community agency's needs.

Additional Requirements

  1. A grade of "C" or better in all gerontology courses.
  2. Overall cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  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, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students.

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