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Graduate Gerontology Certificate


About the Program

The multidisciplinary Graduate Gerontology Certificate addresses the educational needs of graduate students and professionals not only in health care but a variety of disciplines that work with the aging or elderly population.

The Graduate Gerontology Certificate provides students in any Ohio University graduate program with the knowledge and skills to work successfully with elderly people, and it provides an opportunity for those with a bachelor’s or advanced degree to gain the same knowledge
and skills, even if they are not currently seeking an advanced degree. The certificate is also appropriate for students planning to continue doctoral preparation in gerontology or related areas.

The certificate is useful for people who work in — or plan to work in — fields involving business, exercise physiology, family studies, government, health sciences, medicine, nursing, nutrition, physical therapy, psychology, public health, recreation, sociology, social work, and communication sciences and disorders. Candidates for the Graduate Gerontology Certificate must successfully complete at least 15 credit hours and an approved practicum. The student and an adviser select certificate courses and a practicum placement in consultation
with the coordinator of the Graduate Gerontology Certificate program.

Students seeking the Graduate Gerontology Certificate can expect coursework exploring these topics:

  • Gerontechnology
  • Principles of aging and physical activity
  • Aging and communication in the developing world
  • Aging and disorders of communication
  • Epidemiology in health administration

The Graduate Gerontology Certificate program will accept students in two categories: those who have been admitted to an advanced degree
program at Ohio University and those with a bachelor’s or advanced degree who are not currently in a degree program at Ohio University.

Degree-seeking graduate students
An Application for Update of Program(s) is available from Ohio University Graduate College, any college’s dean’s office, or the coordinator
of the Graduate Gerontology Certificate program. The completed application, including the signature of an adviser and the program coordinator, should be turned in to Ohio University Graduate College.

Nondegree students
Candidates must submit to the Ohio University Graduate College in application, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate
Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, post-secondary transcripts, an essay on career goals and objectives, a resume, and three letters of recommendation.