Gerontology is the study of aging from perspectives of the individual, family and society at large. Gerontologists understand key social, psychological, biological, medical and functional aspects of the aging process, and apply this knowledge in a variety of professional settings.
The Gerontology Program welcomes students interested in aging and the rich lived experiences of older adults in the US and across the globe. We offer flexible plans of study toward specialized careers in aging, as well as opportunities for personal learning and enrichment.
It is common at UMSL for students in social work, psychology, nursing, optometry, and other professional disciplines, to pursue a certificate as an add-on credential. For example, a student in the social work program might enroll to earn a certificate with a goal of being a “gerontological social worker.”
As of this writing (Fall, 2015), the Gerontology Program is in a period of expansion following our joining the new Department of Sociology, Gerontology & Gender (SGG). This new department will allow us to collaborate more intentionally with other disciplines and link aging with other important social issues (e.g., gender identity and aging). We are in the process of proposing new undergraduate courses and, otherwise, expanding our offerings.
If you appreciate older adults and want a challenging career, consider studying gerontology at UMSL! Careers in aging include work in social services, health care, policy, local government, veteran affairs, housing, business, education, counseling, and a host of other settings. Take an elective with us and see if gerontology is a fit for you!
To learn more, contact the Program Director, Dr. Tom Meuser, at 314-516-5421 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EEThe Gerontology Program at UMSL is unique in our strong applied practice emphasis and inter-professional focus in the classroom. Our goal is to train “generalist gerontologists” who form strong backgrounds in theory, research and evidence-based practice. Our Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG) degree is our flagship offering and a “must have” credential for higher level professional work in this growing field. Most of our courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate working students. We emphasize teamwork and cross-disciplinary practice in our courses, and train students in critical skills (communication, interviewing, screening for common problems in aging, intervention, referral) to be successful practitioners in a variety of professional settings.
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For an in-depth look at UMSL’s gerontology courses, visit the Bulletin:
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