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The online Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully pursue or advance careers within aging services organizations or conduct academic research in aging. The program focuses on the biological, psychological, social, policy, and ethical aspects of aging.

There are many employment options that support older adults, including:

  • Medical
  • Hospice
  • Long-term career
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home and community-based services
  • Behavior health
  • Corrections
  • Criminal justice
  • Research and policy analysis
  • Program development, advocacy, education, and training

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If you enjoy working with the aging population, the breadth and depth of this certificate will serve them and you well.

Jane BohnenkampGraduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology, 2022

Online Required Courses (12 credits)

Course NumberCourse NameCreditsSemester
NURS 760Process of Aging3Fall
SOC WRK 851Social Issues and Policy Analysis: Aging3Spring
PSYCH 680Psychology of Aging3Fall, Spring, Summer
SOC WRK 855Practice Skills and Concepts for Aging and Health3Fall

Online Elective Courses (choose two, 6 credits)

Course NumberCourse NameCreditsSemester
AD LDSP 667Program Planning in Adult Education3Fall
AD LDSP 757Principles and Foundations of Adult Education3Fall, Spring
ED PSY 747Human Development Study of the Adult3Spring
NURS 779Special Topics Seminar: Pain and Symptom Management3Summer
OCCTHPY 625Design and Disability3Spring
PSYCH 782The Aging Brain3Spring

How to Apply to the Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology

  • Contact Jen Kahn-Pettigrew, Coordinator for Education and Programming, at kahnpet2@uwm.edu or 414-229-6888 to set up an advising appointment.
  • Review the UWM Graduate School certificate information.
  • Apply to UWM’s Graduate School as a certificate student.
  • Complete the Certificate in Applied Gerontology declaration form.

Career Opportunities in Applied Gerontology

This certification program provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the needs of the aging population in a wide range of careers. There are opportunities in nursing, teaching, service, administration, and research that focus on the needs and interests of older adults. These opportunities also exist within government programs and agencies; public and private institutions that provide health, education, and social services; research centers; special interest groups; colleges and universities; and corporate human resources divisions.


Jen Kahn-Pettigrew
Coordinator for Education and Programming