Courses

Discover Why a Course in Gerontology is the Right Choice for You


Whether you are enrolled at IU or another university, or just wanting to try taking a class, you are welcome to enroll in a course in gerontology at IUB. All of the courses are available online, making it easy for degree-seeking students, working professionals, and those interested in continuing education or workforce development to get started on advancing their career in the field of aging.

To register for an online course in the School of Public Health, please visit the MyPublicHealthDirect, the home for digital education in the School of Public Health. For more information about gerontology courses at IUB, please contact Dr. Lesa Huber, Clinical Associate Professor, (812) 855-1733, lehuber@indiana.edu

Enroll in an online course in the School of Public Health-Bloomington!

 

Graduate Gerontology Course Descriptions

SPH H524,  EDUC P513  Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology
Fall/Spring

Multidisciplinary perspectives on aging. Topics include: research methods, demographics, historical and cultural aspects of aging, biological and social theories of aging, physical, cognitive, personality changes in old age, physical and mental health in old age, relationships in old age, and death. Implications for social policy are emphasized.    

SPH B615 Health, Longevity and Integrative Therapies for the Later Years
Fall/Summer

This interdisciplinary online course reviews health care, the biology of aging, new research in aging, and applications of integrative medicine for older adults. Students evaluate comparative effectiveness of integrative therapies and allopathic medicine for common chronic illnesses in the rapidly growing older adult population and critically analyze the “anti-aging” industry.

SPH B535 Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health
Spring

This online course examines aging issues and health inequalities among diverse populations, women’s aging and health experiences, and the prospects for the aging baby boomer cohort. Graduate students evaluate the effectiveness of current public health programs and policies in meeting the needs of the rapidly growing diverse older adult population.

EDUC P517 Adult Development and Aging
Fall

Development from early, middle, and late adulthood. Topics include: developmental research methods, racial and ethnic diversity in adult development, relationships in adulthood, work, leisure, and retirement, changes across adulthood in health, sensory, cognitive, and personality functioning, coping in adulthood, mental health interventions, and communicating with the elderly.
     
EDUC P518 Social Aspects of Aging
Spring

This course considers the social, financial, familial, and resource needs and issues of older individuals, and the contemporary responses of public health and social systems.  This class enables students to critically analyze current social events and better interrelate to issues in aging using solid concepts, theories and research. 


     

Undergraduate Gerontology Course Descriptions

SPH B354 Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology
Fall/Spring
Multidisciplinary perspectives on aging. Topics include: research methods, demographics, historical and cultural aspects of aging, biological and social theories of aging, physical, cognitive, personality changes in old age, physical and mental health in old age, and relationships in later life. Implications for social policy are emphasized.

SPH B315/P445 Health in the Later Years
Fall/Summer

As aging becomes a public health priority, an interdisciplinary consideration of the health issues of older adults is critical.  This course reviews the biology of aging, health care, new research in aging, applications of integrative medicine for older adults, and physical activity and aging. 

SPH B335 Aging, Health, and Diverse Populations
Spring

This online course examines contemporary issues in the rapidly aging population. Topics include aging issues among diverse populations, women’s aging experience, and the aging baby boomer cohort. Students develop plans to address the health needs of selected aging populations.  Register through onestart if you are enrolled IU student.