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Gerontology

Overview

The Johns Hopkins certificate in Gerontology is awarded to qualified students who have acquired a body of knowledge that is essential for success in this exciting field.  The University is known for its several centers of excellence in gerontologic studies. It offers a rich array of aging-related courses, conferences, research projects, and mentors across its medical institutions: the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine.  The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology is considered one of the best in the country, and the continuum of long-term and chronic care, located at the University’s Bayview Campus, has been referred to as the most complete in the United States.

Educational Objectives

  1. Increase understanding of the health issues confronting aging populations and commonly used terms, conceptual frameworks, and domains of gerontology study.
  2. Provide health professionals with skills for evaluating the health of an aging population.
  3. Foster knowledge of constructive interdisciplinary research and practice for improving the quality of health care and long-term services and supports for aging populations.

Eligibility

The certificate program is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University.

Admissions Process

Applicants must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines, and information about the application process, including links to the declaration of intent forms that current JHSPH students must complete.

The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.  Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Students must take all courses for letter grade, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all certificate courses.  Students must successfully complete at least 18 credit hours among the required and elective courses.  The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when courses are offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year.  Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
 

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.

0

1,2,3,4,

Summer

-
550.860

Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.

0

1,2,3,4,

Summer

-
Required Courses:
309.605Health Issues for Aging Populations31 
309.607Innovations in Health Care for Aging Populations32-
340.616Epidemiology of Aging344
Elective Courses:  Students must complete at least 9 credits of elective coursework
260.665Biological Basis of Aging*3-3
308.665Financing and Delivery of Health Services for Vulnerable Populations2--
330.618Mental Health in Later Life*3-4
330.623Brain and Behavior in Mental Disorders3-4
330.802Seminar on Aging, Cognition & Neurodegenerative Disorders*2-*1,2,3,4
340.699Epidemiology of Sensory Loss in Aging3-2
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health411
380.603Demographic Methods for Public Health432
380.650Fundamentals of Life Tables4-3

*Indicates course is offered every other year
 

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management
Epidemiology

Certificate Program Contact
Name Pamela Davis
Phone 410.614.1580
Email pamela.davis@jhu.edu

Faculty Sponsor
Name Jennifer Wolff, PhD

Students interested in aging may learn about other aging-related training opportunities at Johns Hopkins University Center on Aging and Health

Gainful Employment Program Information

At this time non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for federal aid.  You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs.  Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.