The Master of Science in Aging and Health degree program prepares students for work in a wide variety of aging-related fields. Graduates may pursue jobs in a range of public and private settings as program or facility administrators, planners, practitioners, researchers, advocates and trainers. New job opportunities for well-trained gerontologists are constantly emerging.

CURRICULUM

The curriculum provides students with:

  • A thorough, scientifically grounded, training in theory, policy and research in gerontology;
  • Hands-on experience through an individualized and supervised field internship (domestic or abroad);
  • Opportunities to interact with professionals in the field of aging through research experiences and informal mentoring.

PERSONALIZED CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Students participate in professional socialization events and career education activities targeted for gerontology. This personalized career development is designed to enable students to articulate how their skills and training are of particular value in workplace settings, institutions, and professions that depend largely upon a background in gerontology to accomplish their goals.

CONCENTRATION AREAS

The Master of Science in Aging and Health Program offers two concentration areas: 

  • Health Systems Administration 
  • Healthcare Economics and Policy

The program provides the basic competencies in aging studies as offered by faculty interested in aging from mid-life to end of life, ethics and humanities and aging, health care administration, and policy. This curriculum is based on knowledge and skill competencies endorsed by the Association of in Higher Education (AGHE) and the Accreditation in Gerontology Education Commission (AGEC). 

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

Knowledge that will be conveyed to students includes:

  • Frameworks for understanding human aging in mid to late life
  • Biological and physical aspects of individual aging and disease processes
  • Psychological aspects of aging
  • Social aspects of aging
  • Humanities and aging

Skills and Attitudes that all program graduates will obtain:

  • Attitudes about humanistic as well as scientific perspectives on aging
  • Ethics and professional standards
  • Communication with and on behalf of older persons
  • Interdisciplinary and community collaboration
  • Research and critical thinking
  • Policy Analysis
  • Aging and Law

 

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