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Graduate Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology has been the mainstay and foundation of the Graduate Center for Gerontology since its founding in 1996. Students seeking to become national or international leaders in aging research, teaching, and service are best served by this degree. The Graduate Center for Gerontology continues to be an innovator in cell-society based gerontological research and continues this mission with Core Faculty member interests that include: cell-based studies of neurodegeneration, functional studies of muscle hypertrophy, nutrition-based research to improve cognitive and muscle function, massage therapy intervention strategies, intervention strategies for health behavior and health promotion, mental health and substance use management, investigation of high risk decision making strategies and identifying factors that influence those decisions, identification of risk factors for elder abuse, exploring ethical treatment of elders, especially their health, transactional perspectives on aging/environment interactions and their relationship to health and wellbeing, aging in rural and Appalachian environments, life course studies, gerontological education, working with local, state, national, and international leaders to change public policy, and many others.

Our students come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds ranging from molecular biology to sociology and all are encouraged to learn more about what Gerontology can offer them. For more information about the requirements and the application process contact our Director of Graduate Studies, John F. Watkins, Ph.D

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The Gerontology Certificate is the oldest continuous Certificate offered at the University of Kentucky. The Certificate is designed as a mechanism to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of aging. In addition, the certificate is a great starting point for those interested in learning more about aging or those who are thinking about a more advanced degree in Gerontology. The Certificate currently serves students from Social Work, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing,  and other disciplines across campus that seek to set themselves apart  as leaders with regards to the conditions, contexts, and consequences of our aging society.  The Certificate is also available to the general population who simply want to know more about aging.

For more information about the course and practicum requirements and an application for our Certificate please visit the website contact our Director of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Graham D. Rowles, Ph.D or contact the Certificate Coordinator, Andrea Perkins.