Graduate Certificate

The graduate Certificate in Gerontology will provide graduate students, individual practitioners, and professionals working with older adults a substantive foundation in gerontology coursework at the graduate level and an opportunity to apply knowledge through a practicum experience.

Graduate Spotlight

Mary Boutain earned her Certificate in Gerontology in 2009, along with her MPH from Indiana University. She was immediately offered a position as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the local Area Agency on Aging. She recently accepted the position of  Lifestyle 360 Program Coordinator at Meadowood 5 Star Senior Living

Why earn a Certificate in Gerontology and Health?

The reality of our aging society is resulting in a demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging. There are expanding career opportunities in many fields. From working with active older adults in the community to assisting frail elders in long term care, there is a demand in fields including health care, finance, housing, education, recreation, law and counseling. In addition, new technologies are changing the way people age. Many people are starting their own businesses to help people to age well and maintain their independence. There are many diverse opportunities for a career in the field of aging.

Who can earn a Certificate?

The Certificate is designed for a variety of students:

  • Already employed professionals interested in advancing their career working with older adults. 
  • Graduate students who are preparing for careers in aging and public health. By selecting all electives in gerontology, masters students in many programs can earn the certificate in conjunction with their degrees. MPH students can earn the certificate by taking only one extra course.
  • Candidates for graduate degrees in the basic and applied science fields who are interested in the study of aging and who may be supported by interdisciplinary research training programs


The Certificate is 12 credit hours, and includes a 3 credit practicum. Much of the coursework and the practicum can be completed online. The courses cover the social, cultural, biological and psychological aspects of aging. Current issues in pharmacology, the family, exercise physiology, and the diversity of the older adult population are featured. The interactive, multimedia courses use case studies from current practitioners.

Program Requirements

Complete the following courses (6 credits):

_____    3      SPH- H 524 / EDUC-P 513  Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology (3 cr.)
_____    3      SPH- B 675  Practicum in Gerontology  *                              

Complete two of the following courses  (6  credits):

_____    3      EDUC D505 Adult Learning Through the Lifespan (3 cr.)
_____    3      EDUC D506 Adult Education, Planning, and Development (3 cr.)
_____    3      EDUC-P 517 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.)
_____    3      EDUC-P 518 Social Aspects of Aging and Aging Families (3 cr.)
_____    3      SPH B535 Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health (3 cr.)
_____    3      SPH B615 Health, Longevity, and Integrative Therapies for the Later Years (3 cr.)

* Other practicum/internship courses may be substituted for B675 with advisor approval.

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