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Gerontology and Health

Graduate Certificate

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 
  • Caseworker 

Certificate Requirements

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) 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (500 words or less)
  • Resume
  • TOEFL score (minimum 80) or IELTS score (minimum 7) - international students only 


  • SPH-B 675Practicum in Gerontology3 Credits
  • SPH-H 524/EDUC-P 513Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology3 Credits
  • EDUC-D 505Adult Learning through the Lifespan3 Credits
  • EDUC-D 506Adult Education Planning and Development3 Credits
  • EDUC-P 517Adult Development and Aging3 Credits
  • EDUC-P 518Social Aspects of Aging and Aging Families3 Credits
  • SPH-B 535Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health3 Credits
  • SPH-B 615Health, Longevity, and Integrative Therapies for the Later Years3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $469.02
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1407.06
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $568.36
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1705.08

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

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