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309.605.01 Health Issues for Aging Populations

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jennifer Wolff
Course Instructor :

Did you know: Life expectancy worldwide more than doubled between 1900 and 2000? In 1900, adults 65 years and older numbered 3 million and represented 4% of the population in the United States. By 2030, older adults are expected to number more than 71 million, and to account for 1 in every 5 people living in the United States. This class will consider the question: What are the consequences of striking and unprecedented gains in expected life: for individuals, families, and society?

Survey course introduces students to topics that pertain to aging societies. Organized around three modules that explore (1) broad social and policy implications of an aging society (demography, socially defined roles and expectations, disability dynamics and trends, housing and the built environment), (2) clinical issues in aging (aging and geriatric medicine, chronic care, long term care delivery, ethical issues in the health care of older adults, and death and dying), and (3) financial consequences for individuals and society (financing of health and long-term care, retirement and economic security, sustainability of entitlement programs).

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify determinants of population aging and consequences for individuals and society
  2. Analyze conceptual frameworks and measures in gerontology
  3. Critique seminal and current readings in gerontology
  4. Explain policy programs, financing considerations, and workforce issues that pertain to meeting economic, health, and social needs of aging societies
  5. Apply concepts covered in this course to a contemporary aging-related issue
  6. Translate frameworks and methods from gerontology to one or more contemporary policy topic
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on active participation (10%), in-class quizzes (40%), class presentation (20%), and brief individual perspective on a topic of interest (30%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

undergraduate students must obtain instructor permission prior to registering

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