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.


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 College of Public Health Admissions website.


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

Banner Code: PH-CERG-GERO

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

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

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

PH 646Social Gerontology3
PH 648Aging and Health3
SOCW 689Clinical Practice with Older Adults3
SOCW 655Aging Programs and Policies3
Total Credits12


Select one from the following:3
Aging Programs and Policies
The Psychology of Aging
An independent study course that focuses on research and gerontology
Total Credits3