The Aging & Health program provides the basic competencies in aging studies offered by faculty interested in aging from mid-life to end of life, ethics and humanities and aging, health care administration, and policy. It is an 11-month curriculum based on knowledge and skill competencies endorsed by the Association of in Higher Education (AGHE) and the Accreditation in Gerontology Education Council (AGEC).

Program Description


Students will receive:

  • 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

Curriculum


A descriptive listing of the core courses and elective courses can be viewed on our Course Descriptions page.

 


Fall Semester

Course

Title

Credits    

AGHL-490

An Aging World

2 credits   

AGHL-503  

The Biology of Disease

2 credits

PPOL-642

Health Policy and Politics

3 credits

HESY-660

Healthcare Economics   

2 credits

 

Elective 1  

~3 credits

AGHL-000  

Seminar Series  

 

 

total

12 credits

Spring Semester

Course

Title

Credits    

AGHL-501

Theories of Gerontology

3 credits

AGHL-502

Research Methods

2 credits

AGHL-504

Humanities and Ethics of Aging

2 credits

AGHL-505

Psychology of Aging

2 credits

 

Elective 2

~3 credits

 

Elective 3  

~2 credits

AGHL-000  

Seminar Series  

 

 

 total

14 credits

Summer Semester

Course

Title

Credits    

AGHL-510

Internship/Capstone

4 credits   

 

 total

4 credits

 

Program Requirements


The structure for the Master of Science in Aging & Health program comprises a 3-semester, 30-credit program of 6 core courses (15 credits) and 4 electives (11 credits, requiring advisor approval). A required Capstone/Internship project can be performed over the summer (4 credits).

Areas of Concentration


The Master of Science in Aging & Health program offers two concentration areas: Health Systems Administration and Healthcare Economics and Policy. These concentration areas can be completed with two out of three elective courses in each grouping. The courses below are selected in order to provide students with skills important for various areas of employment in health systems administration, healthcare economics, and health policy.

Health Systems Administration Concentration

The Health Systems Administration concentration is designed for students who wish to work in the health care industry, gaining the technical and leadership capacity to address the most complex concerns in society. Students will learn in depth about finance, organization, and operations of health systems. This student will complete 15 required credit hours and 11 elective credit hours.

Recommended Courses:

  • HESY 634 - Operations Management
  • HESY 639 - Financial Management I
  • HESY 652 - Quantitative Methods for a Learning Health System

Healthcare Economics and Policy Concentration

The Healthcare Economics and Policy concentration is designed for students interested in political and economic ideas as applied to consumer, producer and social choice, and health economics. Students will learn about the behavior of individuals, health care providers, public and private organizations, and governments regarding decision-making. Also students will learn about decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society. This student will complete 15 required credit hours and 11 elective credit hours.

Recommended Courses:

  • PPOL 604 - Policy/Politics of Entitlements
  • PPOL 643 - Health Care Access Demand Issues
  • PPOL 644 - Health Care Utilization and Cost
  • LAWJ 244 - Seminar in Aging and Law
  • HESY 639- Financial Management I

Experiential Learning


Professional Development/Seminar Series

Students participate in a monthly seminar series focused on hot topics in aging. Learning from working professionals helps students to network, as well as articulate their knowledge and skills relevant to the workplace.

Internship/Capstone Project

Options for the Internship/Capstone project include a community-oriented, health services, or research project with a Georgetown University or outside mentor, or an internship with a healthcare agency, an advocacy group, NGO, state or federal agency, international health organization or a commercial enterprise. 

The Program Director will be in regular contact with students regarding their experience with their mentor to ensure students are having a worthwhile Internship/Capstone experience. Students must meet regularly with an assigned mentor as well as submit a final written report describing their experience.  

Part-time and Online Options


The program is designed to be completed full-time or part-time. To accommodate part-time students, we offer multiple classes on the same day when possible, also we provide offerings in the evenings and on weekends. The course schedule is designed to accommodate students who are working full time. Some courses include online components.