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.

Elective Courses

Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences

GRN 612 - Biology of Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 618 - Epidemiology of Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 704 - Mental Health and Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 706 - Health Promotion and Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 775 - Clinical Geriatrics (3 hrs)

GRN 786 - Independent Readings in Gerontology (3 hrs)

NUR 510 - Older Women and Their Health (3 hrs)

PAS 640 - Survey of Geriatric Medicine (3 hrs)

PPS 813 - Geriatric Pharmacy (3 hrs)

Policy, Planning and Ethics

FAM 661 - Health and Financial Issues of Aging Families (3 hrs)

GRN 715 - Health Policy and Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 773 - Ethics and Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 774 - Public Policy and Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 786 - Independent Readings in Gerontology (3 hrs)

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

NUR 511 - End of Life Care in the Acute Care Setting (3 hrs)

SW 613 - Urban Ecology and Aging (3 hrs)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

BSC 760 - Aging, Health and Decision Making (3 hrs)

BSC 770 - Psychosocial Issues in Health and Aging (3 hrs)

BSC 779 - Behavioral Factors in Death and Dying (3 hrs)

GRN 585 - Aging and Environment (3 hrs)

GRN 610 - Psychology of Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 644 - Demography and Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 651 - Qualitative Gerontology (3 hrs)

GRN 660 - Aging and Family Values (3 hrs)

GRN 705 - Cognitive Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 720 - Gerontology/Geriatric Dentistry (1 hr)

GRN 770 - Special Topics in Gerontology (1-3 hrs)

GRN 771 - Aging in Rural Environments (3 hrs)

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

GRN 782 - Women's Health and Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 783 - Public Health and Aging (3 hrs)

GRN 786 - Independent Readings in Gerontology (3 hrs)

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

SW 580 - Topical Seminar in Social Work: Working with Older Adults (3 hrs)

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