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Aging Studies Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636, Fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Aging Studies PBacc Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
NOTE: Applications to the Aging Certificate program are not being accepted at this time. For more information, please contact The Certificate on Aging is a 12-credit graduate level program with some courses offerings available online, as well as in a face-to-face format. The certificate is designed to increase knowledge and understanding in the multifaceted field of human aging. This interdisciplinary program provides students with the background and confidence necessary to meet the challenges of serving the aging population. The courses are offered through the Center on Aging within the Division of Health Policy and Management. Aging studies at the University of Minnesota involves an interdisciplinary approach to gerontology for those individuals who hold at least a bachelor's degree. The interdisciplinary nature of the program embraces different backgrounds and interests, and is suitable for graduates from any major. The primary purpose of aging studies is to prepare professionals for work in programs, businesses, organizations, and agencies that address the needs of an aging population. Examples include the following: hospitals, long-term care facilities, education, clinics, home health care agencies, hospice and end-of-life care organizations, insurance groups, counseling and social services, physician groups, financial planning, architecture and design, public policy makers, and nursing.
This program is accredited by CEPH
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
NOTE: Applications to the Aging Certificate program are not being accepted at this time. For more information, please contact Students who have completed 16-semester credits/24-quarter credits (within the past 24 months) in an academic program in a recognized institution of higher learning in the U.S. do not need to submit the TOEFL as part of the application process.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Suggested Coursework
Select coursework from the following list, or other courses in consultation with the director of graduate studies, to meet the 12-credit minimum.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FSOS 8105 - Family Gerontology (3.0 cr)
· GERO 5100 - Topics in Gerontology (0.5-4.0 cr)
· GERO 5111 - Studying Aging and Chronic Illness (2.0 cr)
· GERO 5125 - Gerontology Service Learning (3.0 cr)
· GERO 8020 - Seminar in Gerontology (2.0 cr)
· SW 5810 - Seminar: Special Topics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SOC 8590 - Topics in Life Course Sociology (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6904 - Nutrition and Aging (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 8803 - Long-Term Care: Principles, Programs, and Policies (2.0 cr)
· PA 5412 - Aging and Disability Policy (3.0 cr)
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FSOS 8105 - Family Gerontology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Integrates gerontology and family studies; new lines of inquiry, qualitative and quantitative, into aging families. Family gerontological research, family relationships, family and long-term care institutions, theoretical frameworks and research methods, and research and interventions. prereq: 4154 or equiv or instr consent
GERO 5100 - Topics in Gerontology
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Timely topics related to the biology, sociology, and psychology of aging and applied aging services.
GERO 5111 - Studying Aging and Chronic Illness
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methodological issues unique to studies of older populations. Focuses on measurement of epidemiological characteristics. Health conditions/disorders of older Americans. prereq: Introductory course in epidemiology or instr consent
GERO 5125 - Gerontology Service Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
At least 100 hours of service to seniors or organizations serving seniors required. Longitudinal one-on-one relationship with at least two seniors. Service activities may include: friendly visiting, escorting seniors to medical appointments, chore services, teaching health education to groups of seniors and staff, participating in social or recreational activities with seniors, assisting with immunization and screening programs, assisting seniors with selection of health plans, or providing volunteer home health aide or nursing assistant services or emergency non-medical response under the supervision of a nurse. Students may use up to 25 percent of their service time for project that benefits the campus as a whole. Reading, monthly class discussions, a term paper and weekly self-reflection
GERO 8020 - Seminar in Gerontology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Meets weekly. Students present and discuss new or completed research projects on aging; conduct formal reviews using NIH formats; critique published papers using formal review criteria employed by gerontologic journals; become familiar with large database in aging and describe how that database has been used in research for secondary analyses. prereq: instr consent
SW 5810 - Seminar: Special Topics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
SOC 8590 - Topics in Life Course Sociology
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Sociology of aging, sociology of youth, and mental health and adjustment in early life course. Topics specified in [Class Schedule].
PUBH 6904 - Nutrition and Aging
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
Current literature on nutrition needs/factors affecting nutritional status of adults and the elderly. Relevant community resources. prereq: Grad student or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 8803 - Long-Term Care: Principles, Programs, and Policies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Long-term care policy for functionally impaired persons, particularly the elderly. Team taught from healthcare and social services perspective; grounded in research literature on evidence of program effects. Innovative programs addressing current fragmentation of services. prereq: Grad-level health-care policy course or instr consent
PA 5412 - Aging and Disability Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Policy debates concerning populations that are aging or disabled. Students learn/practice analyses in context of important health, social, and economic policy debates. Readings on current theory/evidence. prereq: Grad or instr consent