What is Applied Gerontology?
Applied Gerontology aims to improve the quality of life of the aged. A concentration in Applied Gerontology instills a sound understanding of the processes of aging, a commitment to the pursuit of new developments and research in health sciences, and a belief that the latter years of life have intrinsic value and offer potential for human fulfillment. The vision, knowledge and skills of professionals who embrace this philosophy will be increasingly necessary as our global communities seek to meet the needs of their growing populations of older adults.
How could Applied Gerontology help me?
Gerontology is presently a expanding field as the number of elders continues to quickly increase in today's population. A concentration in Applied Gerontology will provide students with the marketable skills along with the exposure and knowledge to work successfully in a range of social service positions opening the door to many career opportunities.
How does it work?
Students in the interdisciplinary applied gerontology concentration may take as many as 18 graduate credit hours in their primary field of gerontology and must complete course work in two other related academic disciplines, such as anthropology, criminal justice, geography, health care management or sociology. At least 6 credit hours must be completed in each of the three academic areas. Knowledge of a second language is required for the Master of Arts degree.
Both thesis and non-thesis options are available for completion of the degree. Students will develop a degree plan with the aid and approval of a three-member faculty advisory committee composed of representatives from their three academic areas of study. Unless a capstone course is selected to meet the graduation requirements, the committee will also serve to evaluate the thesis or final portfolio or project.
Students in the Applied Gerontology concentration may take:
- 18 graduate credit hours in their primary fields of either health services or gerontology.
- Must complete coursework in one other related academic disciplines, such as Anthropology, Geography, Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling or Sociology.
- At least six credit hours must be completed in INSD (INSD 5110 and INSD 5940).
Students will develop a degree plan with the assistance of the INSD academic counselor.
For further information about a concentration in Applied Gerontology at UNT, please contact the Interdisciplinary Studies program coordinator Eva Ruiz-DuVall at INSD@unt.edu or 940-565-4787.