College of Public Health

Gerontology (Graduate Certificate)

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Dr. Elizabeth Hunter

Director of Graduate Certificate

Assistant Professor, Graduate Center for Gerontology

College of Public Health

725 Rose Street, Suite 401C

College of Public Health

University of Kentucky

Program website

859-218-0145

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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 interprofessional perspective.

Application Process

Following Graduate School deadlines, all application materials must be received at least one month before the semester you plan to enter the program. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be submitted.

Pre-approved Certificate courses already completed may count toward the curriculum requirements (This does not include practicum or research projects.) Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.

Students must apply to the UK Graduate School. Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/.  

When completing the Graduate School application, please address the following in your personal statement:

  • Describe any work experience relevant to Gerontology
  • Briefly describe (a) your reason(s) for interest in the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, (b) your career goals in relation to Gerontology and (c) the specific topic in Gerontology in which you are most interested

Official transcripts

Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.

Letters of Reference

The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department.

Questions about the application process? Call Jamie at 859-323-7341.

Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is awarded to individuals who complete 15 graduate credit hours in an approved multi- and inter-disciplinary curriculum in gerontology.

Twelve hours of coursework must include at least one course (3 hours) in each of the following areas:

  • Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Policy, Planning and Ethics

Students may choose courses according to their preference and course availability. To ensure an interdisciplinary experience, no more than 2 courses may be taken from each department. Special requests for a waiver of this policy must be submitted to the program director or coordinator and approved in advance. 

Students must receive an A or B in all Certificate coursework.

You may petition the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology to take a course not listed above and have it count toward your Graduate Certificate.  In addition to regularly taught courses, you may petition for special topics, guided readings, or guided research courses to be counted toward the Certificate. The requested course must have substantial gerontological content in order to be accepted for certificate credit.  In cases where there is any ambiguity regarding the degree of gerontological content, the Director of the Graduate Certificate will refer the petition to the Graduate Certificate Committee which will render a decision on the applicability of the course. 

If you have any questions regarding a particular course, do not hesitate to contact the Director of the Graduate Certificate, Dr. Beth Hunter, at beth.hunter2@uky.edu.

Please note that, in all cases, approval to count a non-listed course toward the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, permission must be obtained prior to taking the course.

Required Courses

GRN 601 Aging in Contemporary Society (3hr) (S, P) (Spring)

GRN 602 Practicum in Gerontology

Regularly Taught Electives

GRN 775 - Clinical Gerontology (3 hrs) (Fall) (B)

PPS 813 - Geriatric Pharmacy (3 hrs) (Fall) (B)

PAS 640 Survey of Geriaitric Medicine (3 hrs) (Summer) (B)

GRN 662 Long Term Care and an Aging Society (3 hrs) (Spring) (P, S)

HMS 601 Overview of Health Care Delivery Systems (3 hrs) (Spring) (P)

GRN 585 - Aging and ENvironment (3 hrs) (Fall) (S) 

GRN 786 - Independent Readings in Gerontology (1-3 hrs) (Spring, Summer, Fall) (B, P, S)

Study Abroad Opportunities

HSE 670 Exploring health and care of older adults-Great Britain, 2 weeks every June (3hr) (Summer) (P)

FAM 475 Education Abroad, aging focus, 10 days, every three years (2022, 2025, 2028) (3hrs) (Summer) (S)

Other Electives

GRN 704 - Mental Health and Aging (3 hrs) (S)

HSM 510 - Organization of the Long-Term Care Sector (3 hrs) (P)

GRN 610 - Psychology of Aging (3 hrs)

SW 642 - Psychological Aspects of Human Aging (3 hrs) (S)

GRN 772 - Aging and The Life Course (3 hrs) (S)

GRN 644 - Dmeography and Aging (3 hrs) (S)

NOTES:

Biomedical and Health Science (B), Social and Behavioral Sciences (S), Policy, Planning and Ethics (P)

More courses available depending on the year and semester.

More information about the program is available here.

Admission Officer

MAUREEN BARKER

201D Gillis Building
859-257-7129
MAUREEN.BARKER@UKY.EDU


Contact

Dr. Elizabeth Hunter

Director of Graduate Certificate

Assistant Professor, Graduate Center for Gerontology

College of Public Health

725 Rose Street, Suite 401C

College of Public Health

University of Kentucky

859-218-0145