The global population is aging, with the population aged 65 and over growing faster than all other age groups. Georgia is among the top 10 fastest aging states. The impact of this demographic change must be addressed in part with bolstered human and social services operated by educated adults who understand these challenges on theoretical and applied levels. The gerontology certificate is designed to address this need. It provides students with specialized interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in aging-related fields and prepares them to address the needs of the aging population, while also expanding the number of sustainable career paths available to them. The gerontology certificate is enhanced by faculty affiliations held with local and national professional associations, the Georgia Gerontological Association and the Gerontological Society of America.

The 12-credit-hour gerontology certificate is offered fully online, increasing the flexibility for busy students.

Students completing the gerontology certificate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Describe the theoretical underpinnings of gerontology and research methods used in the field
  • Explain physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental changes in late adulthood
  • Demonstrate understanding of diverse sociocultural contexts in the experience of aging
  • Examine human services, social programs, and policies that serve and affect older adults

Note: This certificate requires three credit hours (PSYC 1102, SOCI 1101, or HDAS 2000) as a prerequisite to the four courses (12 credit hours) of this certificate.

View the gerontology certificate program plan (PDF).