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Gerontology Core

The Doctoral Program requires a thorough knowledge of gerontology from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates biological, psychological and social perspectives. Particular emphasis in the Doctoral Program is placed on developing an understanding of the older person from the level of the physiological and psychological effects of aging on the individual to the influence of our society as a whole. In addition, emphasis is placed on exploring major research issues in this domain and on developing proficiency in gerontological research methods.

Gerontology Core Requirements

Fall '16 Spring '17 Fall '17 Spring '18

CPH 605 Epidemiology (3)

CPH 663 Survey of Public Health (3)

GRN 600 A Study of the Older Person (3)


GRN 612 Biology of Aging (3)


GRN 620 Human Aging and Adjustment (3)


GRN 650 Research Design in Gerontology (4)


GRN 656 Integrative Studies in Gerontology (3)


GRN 790 Professional Development in Gerontology (1)


STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysys (4) or 580 Biostatistics (3)

View the Bulletin/Course Catalog for Course Descriptions

Elective Gerontology Courses (6 hours min.)

Fall '16 Spring '17 Fall '17 Spring '18

GRN 513 Geriatric Pharmacy (3)


GRN 585 Aging and Environment (3)


GRN 602 Certification Practicum in Gerontology (3)


GRN 615 or PGY 615 Seminar in Teaching Medical Science Teaching 1 (2)


GRN 616 Teaching Seminar in Gerontology (2)


GRN 617 Teaching Practicum in Gerontology (3)

GRN 775 Clinical Geriatrics (3)


GRN 785 Independent Research in Gerontology (1-6)
No more than 9 hrs can fulfill this requirement

GRN 786 Independent Readings in Gerontology (1-6)
No more than 9 hrs can fulfill this requirement

View the Bulletin/Course Catalog for Course Descriptions

Area of Specialization

Each student is expected to develop an in-depth understanding of a particular topical area. Thus, for example, a student focusing in the social sciences might develop a program drawing largely from sociology, but incorporating course work in psychology, anthropology or other disciplines. In a similar manner, a student focusing in the biomedical sciences could develop a program centered in physiology, incorporating studies in anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology and other related disciplines. Each student’s area of specialization will be developed in collaboration with his or her advisor and Advisory Committee working as needed in conjunction with the appropriate department(s).

A total of at least 12 credit hours will be completed in the area of specialization over the first two to three years of the program.