College of Public Health students graduating

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.