Graduate Certificate Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Curriculum

The required courses for the 9 credit hour gerontology graduate certificate are:

GRN 6700: The Study of Human Aging (3 credit hrs) -- offered fall semester
GRN 6800: Global Issues and Cultural Perspectives on Aging (3 credit hrs) -- offered fall semester
GRN 6810: Aging Health and Social Services (3 credit hrs) -- offered spring semester

 

Course Descriptions

GRN 6700 The Study of Human Aging
This course addresses research methods and results related to the biology, psychology and sociology of human aging. The course includes research methods, health changes, positive aging, disease, and diversity in later life. This should be the first course taken, but can be taken at the same time as another.

GRN 6800 Global Issues and Cultural Perspectives on Aging
This course focuses on the emerging ideas and new paradigms for the aging process worldwide. The central idea will be focused on different perceptions of aging in different regions and within regions. This course will address health, wellness, illness and images of aging. Students will compare and contrast disease and health opportunities worldwide and explore the questions related to adult development and creating a more positive later life. This course will include development of skills to communicate effectively with all older adults. 

GRN 6810 Aging Health and Social Services
This course describes the U.S. Aging Network and other services available to support elders in the community. This course also describes the health care environment in the U.S. and other countries. Students will examine current research on evidence based interventions and effective skills for interacting with older adults and their families. It will include emphasis on diversity while addressing access to health care and evaluating public policy.