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Graduate Catalog 2022 - 2023 
Graduate Catalog 2022 - 2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontological Studies, Graduate Certificate

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Elizabeth Domholdt, Director, School of Health Science

Mary Milidonis, Certificate Program Director

The program draws on the strengths of an array of outstanding gerontological professionals on campus and in the community, including those at Benjamin Rose, the Myers Research Institute, the Cleveland Clinic, the Fairhill Center on Aging, Menorah Park, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Landerbrook Transitional Care, and City of Cleveland Aging Services.


The Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Studies is designed to assist students in developing careers in fields that provide services for the growing population of older adults. Courses are offered to facilitate clinical roles, gerontology program development, and academic/applied research. The certificate is designed to afford opportunities for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in critical areas that relate to the needs of older adults. The clinical specialization is designed primarily for students in health fields such as clinical psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and hearing, and social work. The gerontology program specialization is intended to assist students with community program development interests. The academic/ applied research specialization is designed for students planning to seek advanced degrees or to do applied research in community agencies serving older adults.

Faculty Research

Faculty research interests reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Recent work includes a number of books, articles in professional journals, and presentations at professional meetings, along with sustained contributions to professional associations, such as the Gerontological Society of America, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education, and the American Society on Aging.

Career Information

Few areas offer more career opportunities than the field of aging. Opportunities range from careers in health and human service organizations to business, financial, legal, administrative, religious, and professional careers in almost all fields. With the growth of the aging population and the anticipated effects of the “baby boom generation” on the structure and functioning of society, careers in gerontology are among the most promising in American society. Also, with the aging of populations on a worldwide basis, the need for well-prepared professionals is becoming even more evident.

Admission Information

Degree-seeking graduate students who hold Regular admission status may be admitted to the certificate program. Alternatively, applicants must meet the graduate certificate admission requirements  detailed in the Admissions section of this Catalog. With program permission, non-degree graduate students may enroll in the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students cannot earn a University graduate certificate. Credits earned for the certificate may apply toward a graduate degree, as approved by the student’s graduate program director and in keeping with policies of the College of Graduate Studies. Submit application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office.

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Certificate Requirements

Students wishing to earn a certificate in Gerontological Studies must complete the overview course and a minimum of two specified courses plus an internship research project for a total of 13 to 15 credits.

Capstone (4 to 5 credits)

Students must complete an internship or research project. The capstone project may be the final field work placement or clinical placement in a professional program that includes working with older adults.  The research project may be the final capstone research project in a graduate program if the topic is approved by the Graduate Gerontology Program Director.

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