About this Program
People who work with older adults often get great satisfaction from making a positive difference in their lives. As the population of older adults in the United States and worldwide continues to grow, there will be greater need for professionals with expertise in gerontology.
In this four-course certificate program, you’ll examine the specific challenges and opportunities involved in supporting older adults and their family members. We’ll look at the relevant psychological, biological and social factors that affect the aging process so you have the knowledge you need to better serve older adults in fields such as human services, health and wellness, housing and recreation.
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Discover a Meaningful Career Serving Older Adults DESIGNED FOR
Professionals and community and family members who provide services to older adults.
Nancy Hooyman, UW professor and an instructor for the Certificate in Gerontology, describes the growing need for expertise in this field.
Play What You'll learn
Biological aspects of aging and age-associated functional changes, including illnesses common in old age
Social, cultural and economic factors that influence the quality of life for older adults
Different psychological theories of aging as well as common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and dementia
Salient social and health policies that affect the lives of older adults
Career trends and planning your career development
Get Hands-On Experience
You’ll complete a research project that includes interviewing older adults and connecting with an agency that provides services to this community.
Choose From Noncredit and Credit Options
By completing this certificate program, you can earn elective credit toward your bachelor’s degree. To do so, you must enroll in the credit version of the program. Because policies vary, check with your intended degree program to make sure the credits will apply. If you don’t plan to pursue a degree, choose the noncredit offering. See
Noncredit & Credit Options. APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
You can apply for a $1,000 scholarship to help pay for this program. Details are provided as part of the certificate application process.