Return to: PhD in Human Services
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.