College of Public Health students graduating

Curriculum

The curriculum for the Graduate Center for Gerontology consists of 43 hours of coursework within a doctoral program of study that involves six interlocking elements:

  • a required core in gerontology,
  • specialized training in a substantive domain selected from clusters of related disciplines,
  • training in gerontology and geriatrics-related research methodologies,
  • grounding in public health concepts,
  • a qualifying examination, and
  • a dissertation.

Emphasis on the interaction between social sciences, biomedical sciences, and the humanities, permeates the entire curriculum and core seminars are taught by representative faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.