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The Certificate in Gerontology

A student enrolled in the Gerontology Certificate Program must be accepted for University admission and must complete required course work as outlined below. It is not necessary to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree in order to receive the Certificate in Gerontology. With the permission of the certificate advisor, students may substitute an internship offered by another department for HCSV 389. An overall grade point average of 2.5 is required for the certificate.

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

7 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as MCGS 328 .
Ethnic groups in the U.S. face many health problems. This course focuses on those problems which affect the four largest ethnic groups in the U.S.: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Asian Americans. The effects of history, health beliefs and practices, and socioeconomic status on the health of these ethnic populations are addressed. Current and potential strategies to improve health care delivery to these groups are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004448)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Provides experience in a supervisory role in a campus or community service agency. Each unit of credit requires a minimum of three hours a week supervisory experience and seminar participation. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (004449)

HCSV 389 must be taken for 3 units.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Exploration of changing health status and needs in later life. Discussion of body system changes, bio-psycho-social influences on elders' health, health enhancement strategies, common health problems, treatment, and prevention. Also addresses drug use and abuse, sexuality, chronic illness, use of health delivery systems, including long-term care. 3 hours lecture. (001569)
Studies the changes people face as they age in modern society, as individual social beings and as members of a larger society; how social change (economic, political, technological) affects older people in their aging patterns; emphasis is on the social aspects of problems and prospects for America's elders. 3 hours lecture. (001571)
An introduction to the psychological processes and phenomena associated with middle and older adulthood. 3 hours lecture. (004457)
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RECR 200, or faculty permission.
Methods and skills to effectively provide recreation services for elders in a variety of settings; current issues and problems involved in providing leisure and recreation services for the elders; examination of the value of recreation activities in the lives of elders with regard to relatives and friends as well as oneself; resources for providing leisure programs and pre-retirement planning. Requires out-of-class activity with senior programs. Helpful to all disciplines working with senior citizens. 3 hours lecture. (004440)
Examines major social policies, legislation, programs, models of service delivery, and funding related to the needs and concerns of older adults living in the US. Barriers to service availability and delivery to older populations-at-risk, and types of advocacy efforts to promote policy change are addressed. 3 hours lecture. (001570)

Appropriate course substitutions of equivalents or waivers may be granted by the Gerontology program advisor. Please consult the advisor regarding specifics.

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