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 in aging, health care administration, and policy. It is an 11-month curriculum based on knowledge and skill competencies endorsed by the Association of Aging 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.

Program Requirements


The structure for the Master of Science in Aging & Health program comprises a 3-semester program of 7 core courses and 3-4 electives. A required Capstone/Internship project can be performed over the summer.

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 to three elective courses in realtion to each. The courses 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. In addition to the 7 core courses, students will select 3-4 related electives to complete the Health Systems Administration Concentration. 

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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 & Policy Concentration is designed for students who wish to work in the policy sector of the health care industry, gaining the leadership capacity to work and resolve the most complex concerns in society related to economics, policy, and aging. Students will learn in depth about economics, policy, and the government as it relates to aging. In addition to the 7 core courses, students will select 3-4 related electives to complete the Healthcare Economics & 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
  • 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


Students will register during the summer for a 4-credit core course to reflect this requirement. This class will meet regularly during the summer for students to share ideas and 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. The course schedule is designed to accommodate students who are working full-time as much as possible. Some courses may include online components.