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. 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).

Degree Requirements


Students in the M.S. in Aging & Health program must successfully complete 30 credits and maintain a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.00, as well as meet all curriculum requirements to graduate.

Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. The program can be completed in 3-semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) with the required Capstone / Internship to be completed over the summer.

There are no comprehensive exams. There is a Capstone/Internship which requires all students to produce a written report of 10 - 15 pages, describing their project or internship experience. Students must complete all the requirements including documentation from their mentor in order to graduate.

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.

Recommend Courses:

  • PPOL 642 - Health Policy and Politics
  • 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 501 - Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 604 - Policy/Politics of Entitlements
  • PPOL 642 - Health Policy and Politics
  • 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

 

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).

The Master of Science in Aging & Health program requires completion of 30 credits with at least a “B” average (3.0 GPA) in order to graduate.

Comprehensive Exams, Proposal and/or Final Defenses


There are no comprehensive exams. However, the Capstone/Internship requires all students to produce a written report of 10 - 15 pages, describing their project or internship experience. Students must complete all the requirements including documentation from their mentor in order to graduate.

Course Descriptions


A descriptive listing of the core courses and elective courses can be viewed by clicking on Course Descriptions (on the left navigation menu).

 


Fall Semester

Course

Title

Credits    

AGHL-502

An Aging Wolrd

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-504

Humanities and Ethics of Aging

2 credits

AGHL-505

Psychology of Aging

2 credits

AGHL-506

Research Methods

2 credits

 

Elective 2

~3 credits

 

Elective 3  

~2 credits

AGHL-000  

Seminar Series  

 

 

 total

14 credits

Summer Semester

Course

Title

Credits    

AGHL-000

Capstone / Internship 

4 credits   

 

 total

4 credits

Seminar Series


The Aging & Health Program seminar series is a required class, and hosts outside speakers to address relevant to aging.  These presentations will emphasize student interaction with speakers and other audience members. Seminar topics may include: aging and law, elder abuse, patient navigation, aging and disease, hospice, palliative care, and nursing home administration.

Capstone/Internship


Options for the Capstone/Internship project include a research or health services project with a Georgetown 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. Based on established connections of current faculty with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the program will help students find internship placements. Further, we have partnered Professor William Novelli, who helped to develop the Georgetown Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), to work with students to secure internship placements. The Capstone/Internship can be arranged through the faculty or can be arranged independently by the student for approval by faculty.

The Program Director and Program Coordinator will be in regular contact with students regarding their experience with their mentor to ensure students are having a worthwhile Capstone/Internship 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


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