The Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology requires the completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate course work related to aging and older adults, including:

I. Required Course:

Gerontology 6600: Current Issues in Gerontology (3G credits) Study of current issues and topics in the field of aging from an interdisciplinary perspective; an ethical framework will be used to examine the issues. (Fall)

II. Primary Electives: Ideally, choose at least one course from each of the following groups:

Group 1

GRNT 6275/Nursing 6275: Health Promotion and Wellness for Older Adults (3G credits).  Self-care measures and health promotion practices to promote a healthy lifestyle are discussed. Included are principles of teaching and learning adapted to the elderly client needed by health care and other professionals who teach and plan programs for the older client. Common barriers to health care for the elderly are examined. (Spring) 

HPKD 5232 Physiology of Human Aging (3).  This course focuses on the normal physiological alterations that occur as the human progresses from a young adult to the latter stages of life.  Special attention is given to interventions commonly promoted to combat the physiological changes that result from aging.

Group 2

GRNT 6124/Psychology 6124: Psychology of Aging (3).  Particular emphasis on issues related to community/clinical psychology and industrial/organizational psychology. Topics include myths and stereotypes about aging, problems faced by older workers, retirement, mental health and normal aging, counseling the older adult, and psychological disorders in later life.

GRNT 6130/Sociology 6130: Sociology of Aging: Theories and Research (3).  Application of stratification theories and demography are applied specifically to the older population. Issues of race, gender, socio-economic status, age, and geographic distribution are examined in order to investigate the diversity of the older age group and their access to resources. (Spring)

Group 3

GRNT 6400 Practicum (3).  Students who do not have experience working with older adults are strongly encouraged to complete a practicum.

III. Secondary Electives: (Choose remaining electives from the following):

CSLG 7681  Grief and Loss (3)

EIST 6101 The Adult Learner (3)

GRNT 5050: Topics in Gerontology (1-4) 

GRNT 5134 Families and Aging (3)

GRNT 5150 Older Individuals and Society (3)

GRNT 5250: Programs and Services for the Aging (3) 

GRNT 5260 Topics in Gerontology (1-4)

GRNT 5280 The Experience of Dementia (3)

GRNT 6050 Topics in Gerontology (1-4)

MPAD/GRNT 6210: Aging and Public Policy (3) 

MPAD/GRNT 6211: Administration of Aging Programs (3) 

KNES 6232 Physiology of Human Aging (3)

MPAD 6128 Foundations of Public Policy (3)

MPAD 6172 Administration of the Health Care System in the U.S. (3)

NURS 6115: Health Planning in the Health Care System (3) 


Secondary electives may also be chosen from other appropriate courses as offered, with the approval of the Gerontology Graduate Program Coordinator.


Transfer credit is not accepted toward a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.