Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology

A multidisciplinary certificate open to students in ANY major

Through this certificate, students will explore the study of human aging, as well as various related careers. The population of the US is aging rapidly. By 2030, 1 in 5 adults will be over age 65. This trend highlights the need for trained professionals in myriad careers ranging from health services to engineering to public policy. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected older adults, has thrown this long-standing need into high relief. This certificate is designed to address existing and future needs by introducing students to the breadth of subjects and perspectives related to aging and to potential career paths in gerontology, geriatrics, and other age-related human services.

The certificate requires 18 credit hours. In many cases, students may find they can include courses from their home department/major in their certificate.

Required for all students: HDFS 21000 Introduction to Human Development

Selectives: Choose 15 credits total

Lower-division Selectives: 0–9 credits

  • ANTH 10000 Being Human: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 20500 Human Cultural Diversity
  • HK 25300 Principles Of Motor Development
  • NUR 22201 Population Health
  • SLHS 11500 Introduction To Communicative Disorders
  • SOC 27500 Sociology Of Aging And The Life Course

Upper-division Selectives: 6–15 credits

  • ANTH 33600 Human Variation
  • ANTH 34000 Global Perspectives On Health
  • COM 37800 Introduction To Health Communication
  • HDFS 31200 Adult Development
  • HK 44400 Balance Rehab In Older Adults
  • HK 46900 Exercise Testing And Prescription In Special Populations
  • NUTR 30300 Essentials Of Nutrition or NUTR 31500 Fundamentals Of Nutrition
  • NUTR 36500 Physiology And Nutrition During The Life Cycle
  • PSY 36700 Adult Development And Aging
  • SLHS 30200 Hearing Science
  • SLHS 30300 Anatomy And Physiology Of The Speech Mechanism
  • SLHS 43000 Speech-Language Disorders In Health Care Settings
  • SLHS 46000 Assessment Audiology And Aural Rehabilitation Across The Lifespan
  • SOC 37400 Medical Sociology
  • SOC 46100 Health And Social Behavior

If you are interested in pursuing the undergraduate certificate in gerontology, speak to your academic advisor about adding it to your plan of study.

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