New Gerontology: Aging and Older Adulthood

Undergraduate Certificate 

Beginning Fall 2020

With the increase in older adult populations in Oregon and across the globe, trained professionals in a broad array of career fields will need to understand the physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur as we age.  The Gerontology: Aging and Older Adulthood Undergraduate Certificate will help students learn more about aging in context; develop important competencies related to organizations and businesses that serve older adults; and enhance their career and graduate school outcomes. The student learning outcomes include:

1.  Explain the cognitive, physical, and social changes associated with older adulthood

2.  Identify how an understanding of aging complements career paths


Core Courses – 12 Credits

GERO 320:  Introduction to Aging (Credits: 4)

GERO 360:  Cognitive and Physical Changes in Aging (Credits: 4)

GERO 455:  Social Ties and Aging (Credits: 4)

Choose One – 4 Credits

GERO 340 Intersectionality: Inequalities & Vulnerabilities in Older Adulthood (Credits: 4)

GERO 410 Practicum I (Credits: 4)

GERO 415 Aging in Our Physical and Social Environments (Credits: 4)

GERO 420 Global Aging (Credits: 4)

GERO 425 Reminiscence, Life Review, and Aging (Credits: 4)

GERO 430 Palliative Care and Chronic Illness (Credits: 4)

GERO 460 Housing and Long-Term Care for Older Adults (Credits: 4)

GERO 480 Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Management (Credits: 4)

GERO 484 Death, Dying and Grief (Credits: 4)

Total Credits: 16


For more information, contact Dr. Margaret Manoogian, Department Head, Gerontology: Aging and Older Adulthood at, 503-751-4201.



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