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This graduate certificate combines theoretical and applied coursework in aging with the student's graduate curriculum in any department. Because gerontology is by definition multidisciplinary, students are required to take coursework outside their major field.

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in Graduate Admissions and must apply using the Application for Graduate Admission. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall and spring semesters. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, refer to the CHHS Admissions website.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: HH-CERG-GERO

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

To earn the certificate, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the 15 credits of coursework outlined below, with no more than 3 credits with a grade of C. 

Required Courses

HHS 646Social Gerontology3
SOCW 689Clinical Practice with Older Adults3
SOCW 655Aging Programs and Policies3
or HAP 662 Health Policy for Elders and People with Disabilities
HHS 648Aging and Health3
Total Credits12


Select one from the following:3
Health Policy for Elders and People with Disabilities
Aging Programs and Policies
Aging and Health Behavior
The Psychology of Aging
An independent study course that focuses on research and gerontology
Total Credits3