Gerontology and Health
The demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. As global populations age, a wide range of career opportunities is emerging. The relative newness of many of these opportunities means there are prospects for innovative ideas, new programs, and new products.
The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Health provides students and working professionals training in the biology, sociology, and psychology of aging. You consider how the aging population affects society and how the experience of aging is affected by society. Coursework focuses on the diverse needs, strengths, and challenges of older adult populations. In addition to coursework, you complete a career-building practicum working with professionals in the field. Practicums have included creating business plans, coordinating home care, designing products that benefit older adults, and working with advocacy groups like AARP.
Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Health prepares you for such careers as:
- Aging consultant
- Aging advocate
- Wellness coordinator
- Aging services program coordinator
- Elder law consultant
- Family support worker
- Community health worker
- Social services specialist
To earn the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Health, you must complete 12 credit hours.
Requirements are broken down as follows:
- Gerontology and health core courses (6 credit hours)
- Elective courses (6 credit hours)