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309.608.01 New Frontiers in Gerontology


Health Policy and Management
3rd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ethel Poplovski
Course Instructor:
  • Chad Boult

Integrates the results of recent research – from several disciplinary and institutional perspectives – on the pressing social and epidemiologic challenges to the health of aging populations. Leading scientists describe the goals and the outcomes of their research, and discuss with the students the process of translating their findings into policy and practical applications to improve the health of aging populations. Sessions address recent scientific advances against major threats to health and independence in later years, e.g., dementia, depression, poverty, frailty, acute conditions, social isolation, and terminal illnesses. Students participate in class discussions and write a paper about the potential for one recent advance to improve the health of members of aging populations.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify recent innovations that improve the health of older persons
  2. Describe the major factors that facilitate and impede the translation of gerontologic research findings into policy and practical applications
  3. Evaluate the potential for specific scientific discoveries to improve the quality of life of aging populations
Methods of Assessment:

class participation and final paper

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

undergraduates and those taking this course for audit must obtain consent from instructor.

For consent, contact: