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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Gerontology Certificate

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A certificate in gerontology is a credential awarded upon completion of an interdisciplinary program of study on aging in contemporary society. The credential requires twenty-four credits including a practicum. The program emphasizes the development of positive attitudes about aging and the aged, an analysis of the impact of society on aging and the impact of the older population on society. Students will have direct contact with older adults through the practicum in order to reinforce positive attitudes toward the aging. The core knowledge of all persons receiving the credential requires study in the following areas: demography of aging with regard to present and future trends in the population of the United States, biology of aging, psychosocial issues affecting older adults and caregivers, public policy, ethics, financing of health care for older adults and health promotion for older adults.

The certificate program in gerontology reflects the needs of the older population in the community and the local service network for older adults. The certificate is designed for students enrolled at UMass Dartmouth and community members who are interested in completing the certificate requirements.


A Certificate in Gerontology will be awarded upon completion of twenty-four credits (8 courses). These include five required courses, a required practicum and two electives selected from the approved list. A student must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in these courses.

Total credits: 24

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