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Gerontology and Health

Graduate Certificate

Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of aging as a social, behavioral, and biological science, including the physical change and psychosocial aspects of aging. The reality of our aging society is resulting in a demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging. There are many diverse opportunities for a career in the field of aging.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Health provides graduate students, individual practitioners, and professionals working with the elderly a substantive foundation in gerontology coursework at the graduate level, and opportunity to apply knowledge through a practicum experience.

As a student in the program, you explore coursework in the social, cultural, biological, and psychological aspects of aging, utilizing case studies from current practitioners. You also explore current issues in pharmacology, the family, exercise physiology, and the diversity of the older adult population.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Health prepares you for such careers as:

  • Aging consultant 
  • Aging advocate 
  • Personal care aide 
  • Family support worker 
  • Home-based assistant 
  • Elderly services program coordinator 
  • 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 (3 credit hours) 
  • Gerontology and health elective courses (6 credit hours) 
  • Practicum in gerontology (3 credit hours) 


  • 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
  • SPH-F 560Grief in the Family Context3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $437.68
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1313.04
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $525.22
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1575.66

Additional fees will apply.

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