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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 for improving the quality of health care and long-term services and supports for aging populations.

Eligibility

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

Admissions Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.

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

In addition to the courses outlined in the Course of Study, students are also required to complete a two-course sequence in epidemiology (e.g., 340.601/608, 340.621/622, 340.691/692 or 340.751/752) and a two-course sequence in biostatistics (e.g., 140.611/612, 140.621/622, or 140.651/652) before graduation.

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 must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completing all of the certificate 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 student 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 Populations3-1
309.607Innovations in Health Care for Aging Populations3-2
340.616Epidemiology of Aging3-4
In addition to the Required Courses, students are required to complete a two-course sequence from both Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Please see Requirements for Successful Completion for more details.
Elective Courses:  Students must complete two of the following (elective options must total at least 6 credits)
260.665Biological Basis of Aging*3-3
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health411
330.618Mental Health in Later Life*3-4
380.603Demographic Methods for Public Health432
330.623Brain and Behavior in Mental Disorders3-4
308.665Financing and Delivery of Health Services for Vulnerable Populations2-4
330.802Seminar on Aging, Cognition & Neurodegenerative Disorders2-1, 2, 3, 4
380.650Fundamentals of Life Tables4-3

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management
Epidemiology

Faculty Sponsor
Name Jennifer Wolff, PhD
Phone 410.502.0458
Email jwolff@jhsph.edu

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

Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.