To meet the increasing demand of a gerontology trained workforce, the Institute of Gerontology offers an 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. All courses are offered online, and are designed to fit seamlessly with other commitments.

People are living longer and the number of older adults is increasing, along with the diversity of their needs and interests. Simultaneously, many states predict dramatic workforce shortages in industries that provide services to our aging population. Therefore, the demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly, and career opportunities in aging are numerous and varied.
A certificate in gerontology prepares you to address our aging society where you live and work. The certificate is available to: (1) Any graduate student enrolled in a degree program at the University of Georgia, (2) non-degree seeking graduate students, and (3) undergraduate students enrolled in the Honors Program.

Certificate students complete 18 credit hours in public health, social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging. The credit hour requirement includes three hours of field experience or research in aging.

Degree Awarded: CERT

Degree Code: CERT_2GRN

The curriculum for The University of Georgia Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program is designed to meet six goals:

  1. Students are presented with a comprehensive theoretical overview of the field of gerontology. The interdisciplinary and integrative nature of gerontology is emphasized.
  2. In addition to a broad, interdisciplinary perspective, students are required to acquire a basic foundation in the psychology, biology/physiology, and sociology of aging.
  3. There are opportunities for students to have practical or hands-on experiences with older adults in the form of community service or course practica.
  4. Students are exposed to gerontological research techniques and methodologies, permitting them to develop their own analytic and evaluative skills.
  5. Students complete either a research project or field work placement practicum focused on some aspect of gerontology.
  6. Students supplement their own disciplinary academic expertise with gerontological content and methods to advance their aging research and practice.

To apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program, students can choose one of following options:

Students may be admitted to the Graduate School and to an academic department as either a prospective candidate for a graduate degree or in a non-degree seeking status prior to applying to the Graduate Certificate Program.

Students may be admitted to the Graduate School as a prospective candidate for CERT status for the Graduate Certificate Program solely.

School/College: College of Public Health

Rhodes Hall, Health Sciences Campus
Athens, GA 30602


Academic Department: Institute of Gerontology

Hudson Hall, Health Sciences Campus
Athens, GA 30602

Graduate Coordinator: Mary Ann Johnson


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