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, offers a minor in gerontology.

This Program prepares individuals to:
  • Understand the nature, depth, and growth of the older adult population
  • 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.