Dec 05, 2019  
Graduate Catalog 2018-19 
    
Graduate Catalog 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate Program in Gerontology


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The Western Michigan University Graduate Certificate in Gerontology enhances the knowledge and skills of individuals working with or studying older adults and aging processes. Gerontologists improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of persons as they age within their families, community and society through research, education and application of interdisciplinary knowledge of the aging process and aging populations. Students in the WMU certificate program learn about the biological, social and psychological foundations of human aging with a focus on global and cultural variations. Students apply their knowledge and skills in a project prior to earning the certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, offered through the College of Health and Human Services, can be earned as an independent certificate or used to supplement other graduate education. This may include students who are enrolled in programs related to health and human services, preparing for careers in public service and program administration, and those in basic and applied science fields who are interested in the study of aging. Related graduate degrees include biological sciences, counseling psychology, audiology, sociology, public administration, social work, music therapy, occupational therapy and family and consumer sciences. Course are online and can be completed in less than two years. Please be aware that financial aid for the gerontology graduate certificate is only available if you are pursuing another graduate degree at Western Michigan University. Students are encouraged to work with the gerontology program coordinator to develop gerontology specialty concentrations if not able to complete all 15 credits of required courses.

Required Courses: 15 credit hours


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