School of Social Work

Gerontology Certificate


About the Program
Students electing to pursue an MSW with the Gerontology concentration build upon their social work foundations courses to develop direct practice strategies and techniques. Through the application of social work principles to the issues facing older adults, students acquire in-depth knowledge of the aging service network, policy development and its effects, organizational structure, how to conduct research, and the role of ethics and values in social work practice. In this way, the Gerontology concentration attempts to meld theory with practice. The gerontology concentration places an emphasis on work with oppressed, vulnerable, and at risk populations. The major focus of the Gerontology concentration is to prepare students as generalist gerontological social work practitioners who will serve in direct service, leadership, and management positions at micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

For information on other University of Missouri-Saint Louis Gerontology Programs including graduate Gerontology Certificates:

UM-Saint Louis Gerontology Graduate Programs