Growth in the population of elderly persons is a trend whose effect will be increasingly felt throughout the United States, and the world. In 1900, only 4 percent of the population was over 65. As we begin the 21st century, those over 65 comprise nearly 13 percent of the population. Among those, the fastest growing segment of the population includes persons 85 and older. These trends challenge institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for students to learn about the personal, political and social implications of an aging society. To meet this challenge, the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences (PHHS), offers a concentration in gerontology.

The Aging/Gerontology Program prepares individuals to:

1) understand the nature, depth, and scope of the explosive growth of the older adult population and,

2) address the impact of that growth on health and health care.

Students with formal training in gerontology may work in a broad range of settings. Examples include: local, state, federal and private agencies providing services to older adult, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, health promotion programs, recreational and leisure activity programs.

An interdisciplinary selection of courses is designed to: (1) provide a minor in conjunction with any major within UM-Flint or (2) provide a transcript designation (Specialist in Aging Certificate) to professionals and practitioners who have already graduated and are involved or interested in the field of aging.

Aging/Gerontology Minor


At least 21 credits, as follows:

A. Sociology (3 credits)

  • AGE 202 - Introduction to Gerontology (3)

B. Health (6 credits)

  • AGE 350 - Health and Aging (3)
  • AGE 352 - Chronic Illness and Aging (3)

C. Psychology (3 credits)

  • AGE 347 - Psychology of Aging (3).

D. Policy and administration (3 credits)

One course from the following:

  • AGE 306 - Politics of Aging (3).
  • AGE 378 - Organization and Administration of Long-Term Care (3).

E. Social work (3 credits)

One course from the following:

  • AGE 320 - Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)
  • AGE 338 - Social Work with The Aged (3)

F. Practicum/internship or independent research (1-3 credits, depending on experience)

  • AGE 390 - Aging Internship/Capstone (3)
  • with a minimum grade of B- (2.7)


If completing the minor along with a PHHS major, 9 additional credits beyond major requirements must be completed in order to qualify for both the major and the minor.

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