Doctoral Minor

If your doctoral program includes research, service and/or teaching about the rapidly growing older adult cohort, you may be interested in adding a doctoral minor to your program of studies.  You can earn a doctoral minor in gerontology through the School of Education or the School of Public Health.

Please meet with Dr. Lesa Huber ( if you are interested in pursuing a doctoral minor in gerontology.

School of Public Health - Bloomington
Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology for Doctoral Students
9 credit hours
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lesa Huber
 (812) 855-1733

The School of Public Health – Bloomington offers an interdisciplinary minor in gerontology in cooperation with the School of Education. The minor consists of three  courses in gerontology and a paper/proposal option for doctoral qualifying exams. All courses are offered online.

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Requirements:  Complete 9 credits including 3 courses from the following list of options to be selected in consultation with the minor advisor:

EDUC-P 517* Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.) *offered online

EDUC-P 518* Social Aspect of Aging (3 cr.)

SPH-B 535* Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health (3 cr.)

SPH-B 615* Health, Longevity, and Integrative Therapies for the Later Years (3 cr.)

SPH-H 524/EDUC-P 513* Gerontology: Multidisciplinary Perspective (3 cr.)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology for Ph.D Students

Course Descriptions

P513/H524 Gerontology: Multidisciplinary Perspectives - Fall and Spring
An online course fall semester and in the classroom spring semester focusing on 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.

P517 Adult Development and Aging - Fall
This online course focuses on 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.

P518 Social Aspects of Aging - Spring
This online 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. 

B615 Health, Longevity, and Integrative Therapies for the Later Years - Fall and Summer       
As aging becomes a public health priority, an interdisciplinary consideration of the health issues of older adults is critical.  This online course reviews the biology of aging, health care, new research in aging, applications of integrative medicine for older adults, and physical activity and aging. 

B535 Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health - 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.

B625 Health Information Systems and Gerotechnologies, - Variable
Develops leadership in technologies and information systems that support and promote health and independence in later life. Students evaluate and apply theoretical constructs including person-environment fit, human-centered design, privacy, ethics, and usability in developing a business plan for presentation to venture capitalists.  Builds competencies in communication, informatics, technology, and design.

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