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Gerontology - PhD in Human Services


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Aging populations with special needs require professionals who can facilitate the integration of services for the older adult, including issues related to health, home care, and day-to-day life. With the Gerontology specialization, students are prepared to meet this need. In this program, students will explore the impact of societal expectations on the elderly and demographic trends, including global cross-cultural issues in aging. They will study the factors that affect the quality of life for the geriatric population, including the physiological changes of aging, effects of chronic disease, and challenges of independent living.

With this specialization, graduates could pursue a number of roles, including elder residence administrator, activities and activation coordinator, housing placement advisor, community care coordinator, capacity assessor, policy advisor, financial advisor, elder program developer, manager for elderly and elder mediation, elder care case manager, or an Elder Services Coordinator designation under Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR).*

 

*Note: Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With a BS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 HUMN 8000 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Human Services   3 cr.
HUMN 8150 - Helping Individuals, Organizations, and Communities: Introduction to Human Services   5 cr.
  RESI 8401 - PhD Residency 1  
2 HUMN 8011 - Interviewing and Case Management in Human and Social Services♦   5 cr.
HUMN 8152 - Human and Social Services Administration   5 cr.
3 RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods  OR RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
HUMN 8100 - Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Human and Social Services♦   5 cr.
  RESI 8402 - PhD Residency 2  
4 HUMN 8205 - Cross-Cultural Ethics in Human and Social Services   5 cr.
HUMN 8207 - Grant Writing♦   5 cr.
5 HUMN 8815 - Contemporary Gerontology   5 cr.
RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
  RESI 8403 - PhD Residency 3  
6 HUMN 8210 - Management and Leadership Development in Human and Social Services♦   5 cr.
RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
7 HUMN 8237 - Advanced Program Evaluation   5 cr.
HUMN 8215 - Lifespan Development   5 cr.
8 HUMN 8242 - Changing Health Behavior   5 cr.
HUMN 8660 - Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Human Services Professionals   5 cr.
  RESI 8404 - PhD Residency 4  
9
 
HUMN 8550 - Preparing for Dissertation   5 cr.

RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

5 cr.
10–13+ HUMN 9001 - Dissertation * 20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*

*To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With an MS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 HUMN 8000 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Human Services  3 cr.
HUMN 8150 - Helping Individuals, Organizations, and Communities: Introduction to Human Services  5 cr.
  RESI 8401 - PhD Residency 1  
2 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods 5 cr.
HUMN 8815 - Contemporary Gerontology   5 cr.
3 HUMN 8815 - Contemporary Gerontology 5 cr.
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 5 cr.
  RESI 8402 - PhD Residency 2  
4 HUMN 8207 - Grant Writing  5 cr.
RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis 5 cr.
  RESI 8403 - PhD Residency 3  
5 HUMN 8210 - Management and Leadership Development in Human and Social Services  5 cr.
HUMN 8215 - Lifespan Development 5 cr.
6 HUMN 8237 - Advanced Program Evaluation 5 cr.
HUMN 8242 - Changing Health Behavior  5 cr.
7 HUMN 8550 - Preparing for Dissertation 5 cr.
  RESI 8404 - PhD Residency 4  
8
 

RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

5 cr.
9–12+ HUMN 9001 - Dissertation* 20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*

*To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Note on Licensure


The PhD in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure, including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.