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Graduate Catalog 2008-09

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Center on Aging

Jim Mitchell, Director, Physicians Quadrangle, Building N
Carol Jenkins, Associate Director for Educational Programs, 328 Rivers West Building

Certificate in Gerontology

The graduate certificate in gerontology is a program of advanced study that is either free-standing or used to augment or focus a plan of study in several graduate degrees. The program coordinator is Dr. Carol Jenkins, Center on Aging, Associate Director for Educational Programs and Associate Professor of Social Work, 328 Rivers West Building.


The School of Social Work in the College of Human Ecology offers graduate certification in gerontology (aging studies). The certificate requires completion of 15 s.h. of course work including: 1) GERO/SOCW/CDFR 5400, 2) one elective course from Aging and Social/Behavioral Science (SOCI 5600 or PSYC 5400), Aging and Health (SOCW 6326 or GERO/SOCI/MPH 6100), and Practice or Intervention in Aging (ADED 6453, ADED 6454, CDFR 5411, EXSS 5800, GERO/SOCW 6222, SOCW 6322 or GERO/SOCW/NURS 6022), and 3) GERO 6600. Those with significant work experience with an organization serving older adults may, with permission from the Center on Aging Associate Director for Educational Programs, substitute a course selected from those included in #2 above for GERO 6600. Up to 6 s.h. of coursework may consist of NC Gerontology Consortium distance education courses, provided that each course is consistent with the categories described in #2 above and that no more than one course is completed in each category.