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
Anyone who provides services to older adults in a professional, community or personal capacity.
Nancy Hooyman, Professor in Gerontogy and Dean Emeritus at the UW School of Social Work, describes the growing need for expertise the field.
Play What You'll learn
Biological aspects of aging and age-associated functional changes, including illnesses common in old age
Different psychological theories of aging and mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and dementia
Social and cultural factors that influence family relationships and the quality of life for older adults
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 $500 scholarship from the H. Asuman Kiyak Endowed Student Support Fund to help pay for this program.
Learn more about the scholarship.