CORE COURSES


AGHL-490:  An Aging World   (Weinstein, 2 credits)
We age individually, but populations also age. We will explore the primary cause(s) of population aging, the current state of aging in both the developed and developing worlds, and future prospects. The work will examine how population aging and socioeconomic factors interact and influence each other. Basic concepts and measures of epidemiology and demography will be introduced. The primary focus will be on health outcomes with a goal of documenting and understanding differentials attributable to socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and social support, networks, and connection.

AGHL-501:  Theories and Perspectives in Gerontology   (Saunders, 3 credits)
We now know more than ever about how to promote successful cognitive and physiological aging; so that people can be independent, fulfilled, and productive longer. This course will examine both the theory and research in social gerontology, including: (A) aging and the aged as affected by social organization, including such social institutions as (i) familial, (ii) economic, (iii) political, and (iv) health care; (B) organizational processes such as (i) social stratification; and (ii) living environments including community and housing. In these contexts, certain demographic, cross-cultural, social-psychological, and physiological aspects of aging will also be considered.

AGHL-502:  Research Methods   (Jillson, 2 credits)

AGHL-503:  The Biology of Disease   (Tilan and Myers, 2 credits)
Science is generating new views of what it means to age; we know that the brain continues to be plastic and to benefit from experience throughout life, and that though genes matter, their effects can be modified by experience throughout life. This course will be a team-taught seminar exploring primary and secondary aging, genetic and environmental influences on aging and their interactions, cell senescence and death, and current and evolving areas of research.

AGHL-504:  Humanities and Ethics of Aging   (Jillson, 2 credits)
This course will focus on basic ethical principles including autonomy, beneficence, non-malfeasance, and justice as related on aging case studies. It will also discuss informed consent, capacity, competence, and confidentiality. Students will have the opportunity to work through common practice situations in real life and clinical scenarios using the ethical principles learned. Students will also develop a greater understanding of the process of critical thinking and how it facilitates problem solving in difficult ethical situations.

AGHL-505:  Psychology of Aging   (Barsness, 2 credits)
This course will examine the nature and causes of the psychological changes that accompany human aging. Theories concerning the biological, social, and cultural influences on aging will be considered. The course will examine patterns of change and stability over the adult years. We will ask whether the changes that occur are inevitable and irreversible. Particular emphasis will be placed on the changes in mental life that accompany advancing age, both as viewed from without by observers (including researchers) and from within by aging individuals themselves (in autobiographical accounts). The course will emphasize the ways in which people compensate for the losses that come with added years (including the general slowing of mental and motor processes, and the deaths of loved ones) by taking advantage of the gains (including accumulated wisdom and perspective, and additional leisure time).

HESY-660:  Health Economics   (Friedland, 2 credits)
This course uses the principles of economics to study the allocation of resources used to provide health and long-term care. Market inadequacies and market failures that have affected the financing, organization, and delivery of care are examined. The impact of private and public insurance programs on the organization and delivery of health care are analyzed, and the relationships between politics, policies, and health care markets are explored. Basic economics principles are taught and applied to the study of health care.

AGHL-510:  Internship/Capstone   (Saunders, 4 credits)

ELECTIVE examples


AGHL-000:  Aging in Place  (Saunders, 2 credits)
From boomers to the oldest old, surveys of older adults show that most want to remain as independent as possible, at home rather than in an institutional setting. And, as the Affordable Care Act shows, policy makers are increasingly recognizing the importance of community-based options as an economical and effective means of providing long-term care. This course provides an overview of the emerging issues of aging in place, the benefits and challenges, with a focus on the role of the social service practitioner. Students will gain a broad understanding and practical skills, including how to find a balance between safety and independence for the older adult in the community.

AGHL-000:  Cognitive Aging (TBD, 2-3 credits)
This course is a comprehensive overview of various conceptual and methodological approaches to studying the cognitive neuroscience of aging. The course will emphasize the importance of combining information from cognitive experimental designs, epidemiologic studies, neuroimaging, and clinical neuropsychological approaches to understand individual differences in both healthy and pathological aging.

AGHL-601: Senior Living Operations Management (Fall, Carle, 3 credits) 

This course will provide an overview of the SL industry examining its political and regulatory environment and department-by-department instruction in the day-to-day management of a professionally managed SL community, including industry best practices, operational benchmarks, resident relations, employee relations, the effective delivery of resident care, hospitality, and ancillary services, and applications of new models of care and technology within SL environments.

AGHL-602: Senior Living Sales & Marketing (Spring, Carle, 3 credits)

As a 90% private pay industry, this course will provide instruction in the professional management of sales and marketing services in a SL community, including development of an annual marketing budget; lead generation through referral development, public relations, and advertising; lead classification, categorization, and management; and the application of industry standards for the ethical practice of sales and marketing in SL environments.

AGHL-607: SLA Internship / Capstone (Summer, Carle, 4 credits)

This course will provide students with onsite experience and exposure to a SL environment, under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and a mentor from the Aging & Health faculty.  Students will rotate through and complete shadowing and/or hands-on assignments across all community functions, and submit weekly Field Activity Reports (FARs) detailing experience and application of required learning objectives for the SLA concentration and overall Aging & Health Program coursework.  In addition, students will complete a report addressing a specific need of the site, including problem identification, options to address, development and completion of an action plan, and outcomes.

HESY-634:  Operations Management    (Lightfoot, 2 credits)
This course explores the broad strategic context and resulting implications of the changing health care landscape and the critical success factors that will be required to lead health care operations in organizations that are focused on value – highest quality and service at the lowest cost. It will emphasize the importance of tools and approaches that drive higher efficiency and effectiveness and will provide practical personal reflections on the critical skills and competencies that will differentiate health care executives who are in operational leadership roles. Following an examination of the five pillars of health are operations – people, quality, service, finance and growth – the course will provide real-world insight into performance improvement and operations management approaches that have been successful in addressing waste and inefficiency in health care settings.  

HESY-639:  Financial Management I    (Huang , 2 credits)
This course focuses on the principles of accounting and financial management that can be applied to contemporary health care systems. The goal of the course is to provide a theoretical and practical review of principles of healthcare and financial management. This course provides students with the tools to analyze financial statements and to use accounting information for managerial decision-making. This course will include a special session for specifically focused on aging issues as needed.

HESY-652:  Quantitative Methods for a Learning Health System   (Uberoi, 2 credits)
Modern healthcare systems are increasingly run “by the numbers.” This reflects expectations that services delivered to patients as well as delivery system changes be based on the best available evidence. And in addition to making use of existing evidence, learning health systems are using health service research methods and “delivery system science” to identify effective innovations and spread them to other provider organizations. Similarly, “dashboards” and performance measures for individual providers, hospitals, and defined populations are publicly reported and used to manage delivery systems and improve quality. To prepare executives to lead and manage a learning health system, this course draws on quantitative methods from statistics, epidemiology, and health services research. The goals are to enable students to identify and use evidence to guide practice and policy, and to introduce the basic analytical tools needed to support performance measurement for healthcare quality improvement efforts.

PPOL-604:  The Policy and Politics of Entitlement    (Feder, 3 credits)
'Entitlements' are at the heart of ongoing debate about our nation’s fiscal future and our commitment and approach to social welfare. This course examines the policy and politics of "entitlements" -- engaging students in debates regarding how best to manage the role of the federal government in spreading risk and distributing resources. We will look not only at direct spending programs traditionally viewed as “entitlements” (including social insurance like Social Security and Medicare and social assistance like Medicaid and Food Stamps) but also at “tax expenditures” that similarly establish budgetary commitments and individual “rights” to benefits. For this broader scope of entitlements, we will explore issues that are common to entitlement programs, such as income redistribution, intergenerational equity, means-testing vs. universality, compulsory participation vs. individual choice, individual vs. social responsibility, and state vs. federal authority. The course will examine these issues (both within and across programs) through consideration of technical options for policy design and broad concepts of social justice.

PPOL-671:  Population Change, Prospects and Challenges    (Weinstein, 3 credits)
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the field of population studies. It will provide an introduction to basic methods of demographic analysis and explore social science perspectives on population-related issues. It explores: past and current trends in the growth of the population of the world and of selected regions; components of population change and their determinants; and the social and economic “causes and consequences” of population change.