College of Public Health students graduating

Certificate in Gerontology

The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is to prepare both graduate students and practicing professionals to assume key roles in improving the quality of life for older adults and furthering our understanding of the aging process and the status of older adults.

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology offers students and professionals specialized training in aging from a multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective. Persons working toward their Certificate include:

  • Graduate students preparing for careers in public service and program administration that relate to understanding and meeting the needs of the older population;
  • Graduate degree candidates in the basic and applied sciences, such as biology or chemistry, who are interested in the study of aging;
  • Candidates seeking professional degrees in human service professions, such as nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant studies or physical therapy, who plan to provide specialty services to older adults;
  • Professionals with an interest in the field of aging who desire further course work in gerontology to enhance their professional development.

Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology must be approved for admission by the Certificate Director, who shall notify the Graduate School of the student’s admission.

Admission to or award of a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology does not guarantee admission to a degree program in the same or any other discipline.