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Graduate School receives approval for gerontology certificate

Thursday, October 25, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College recently received approval by the Maryland Higher Education Council for a post-baccalaureate certificate program in gerontology.

The 12-credit certificate in gerontology, available beginning fall 2013, is intended for students interested in developing a special expertise in aging. Students enrolled in the program will gain an understanding of the fundamental issues and problems confronting older adults as well as knowledge of the biological, psychological and social aspects of aging; develop professional competencies in working with older adults; and become familiar with the career paths available in this field.

Required courses include social gerontology, psychological aspects of aging, health and aging, and a variety of special topics related to gerontology such as research methods, public policy, ethics and cultural perspectives on aging.

Students may enroll in the certificate program as a stand-alone program or they may elect to earn a gerontology certificate while completing master of arts degrees in human sciences or thanatology.

In 2009, adults aged 65 years or older numbered 39.6 million, or 12.9 percent of the U.S. population. By 2030, the number of older adults is projected to rise to 72.1 million, or 19 percent of the nation's population. The next generation of retirees will require a cadre of professionals who are specially trained in all aspects of aging. The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education forecasts that expanded career opportunities in gerontology and geriatrics are expected in many disciplines and professions.

For more information about the certificate program, contact Hood's graduate school at (301) 696-3600 or by e-mail to gofurther@hood.edu.