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 three-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
Career trends and planning your career development
Earn Credit Toward Your Degree
By completing courses in this certificate program, you can earn credit toward your bachelor’s degree. Each course is worth three undergraduate credits. Because policies vary, check with your degree program to make sure the credits will apply.
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.