Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of aging-the specific changes that occur in older individuals as well as the broader psychosocial, economic, and health issues confronting them.

The demographic fact that the age group 80+ is the fastest growing segment of society raises important questions about health care, social services, and quality of life issues for the older population. Graduate level education in gerontology prepares professionals to become administrators, planners, supervisors, consultants, and instructors. Attention is also given to the relationship between the older adult and their adult child caregiver.

Our graduates are involved in a variety of professional activities such as providing direct services to individuals, senior centers, nursing homes and other facilities; planning, administering, and evaluating services for the elderly; serving as advocates for the elderly population; and assisting public and private organizations that serve older persons.

Concentration Requirements (20 hours) These courses are being transitioned to a blended format, with a limited number of campus visits required:

  • HMS 529 Perspectives on Aging (4 hours)
  • HMS 508 Psychology of Aging (4 hours)
  • HMS 563 Sociology of Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    (4 hours)
  • HMS 582 Aging and the Human Services (4 hours)

Select one additional course from the following:

  • HMS 538 Social Services Administration (4 hours)
  • HMS 588 Grant Writing in Human Services (4 hours)
  • HMS 514 Staff Development and Supervision (4hours)

Professional Development Sequence in Gerontology

Designed for individuals who already have one graduate degree, and desire to obtain additional graduate hours in Gerontology.  The is can be for individuals who are currently working with older persons in some capacity, or for individuals who are interested in a shift/change in their career.  This involves the successful completion of the four gerontology concentration requirements:  Perspectives on Aging, Psychology of Aging, Sociology of Death, Dying, and Bereavement, and Aging and the Human Services.