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- GERON150 Frontiers in Global Human Aging
- GERON240 Policy and Aging
- GERON260 Health and Physical Aspects of Aging
- GERON325 Applied Research in Aging
- GERON342L Aging and Society
- GERON355 Service Delivery Issues for Aging Populations
To Apply: Download and remit the Certificate Program Application form.
Application Cost: None
If you are interested in applying for admission, please contact:
Beth Dugan, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Gerontology
The learning outcomes are consistent with the following core competency goals defined by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE, 2014):
- Relate psychological theories and science to understanding adaptation, stability and change in aging.
- Relate social theories and science of aging to understanding heterogeneity, inequality and context of aging.
- Distinguish factors related to aging outcomes, both intrinsic and contextual, through critical thinking and empirical research.
- Develop a gerontological perspective through knowledge and self-reflection.
- Adhere to ethical principles to guide work with and on behalf of older persons.
- Engage, through effective communication older persons, their families and the community, in personal and public issues in aging.
- Engage collaboratively with others to promote integrated approaches to aging
- Promote quality of life and positive social environment for older persons.
- Source: AGHE (2014). Gerontology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education. Washington, DC: Author.
"I love that I've got everyone from eighteen years old to seasoned professionals in my class — they all bring in their unique perspectives. I'm always recommending UMass Boston."
— Wanjiku DePina, Manning ’07, BA ’10
Alzheimer’s Special Unit Manager
"I attended hoping that I would learn from my instructor — which was great — but in addition, it was what my classmates brought and shared that made the program more valuable. Not a day goes by that I don't pull up and use something from the course. I recommend the program to all my friends."
— Nancy Perreault, Manning ’08, RN
Nurse Case Manager
"I have been able to apply what I learned from the Manning Certificate Program to my current position as a care manager for Minuteman Senior Services in Burlington, Massachusetts."
— Bob Tosi, Manning ’06
"The Gerontology Program at UMass Boston cemented my career. From the Manning Certificate Program to the gerontology degree program, the knowledge and experience I gained have provided me with a foundation for working with our elders that is second to none. As executive director at Springhouse Retirement Community, I am still in touch with the staff at the UMass Gerontology Department and continue to value their judgment and expertise."
— Kathryn Foley, Manning ’05, BA ’06
Retirement Community Director
"I highly recommend the UMass Boston Gerontology Program to anyone who wishes to change the future for our aging population. As a nontraditional student, I was able to tailor a learning program which allowed me to pursue my vision of opening an adult day program. Today I am the owner/director of Here on Earth Adult Day Services in Londonderry, New Hampshire"
— Stacy Thrall, Manning, BA ’04, PTA
Current Graduate Student
For more information about the program, please contact:
Undergraduate Gerontology Program
University of Massachusetts
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125