Gerontology Certificate

Earn a certificate in gerontology studies

Take the step to become a professional prepared to work with adults who are aging.

As the population ages, the demand for a workforce better able to understand the changes impacting this generation increases. With this certificate program, you’ll gain the skills to work with families and individuals going through this process and be prepared to help them navigate these complicated life challenges.

You’ll dive into courses that reveal issues that face an aging population and learn effective interaction and advocacy for them and their families. 

Required courses:

  • HLSC-G 350 Survey of Programs for Older Adults
  • HLSC-G 370 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
  • HLSC-G 375 Physical Change and Aging
  • HLSC-G 450 Seminar in Gerontology

Elective courses:

  • HLSC-H220 Aging and the Older Person
  • NTRD-N265 Nutrition and Exercise (or equivalent)
  • HLSC-G410 Service Learning in Geriatrics

Certificate requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 18 credits in accordance with the specified curriculum.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C in each course.
  • Required to have a minimum 2.0 overall grade point average.

Admission requirements:

  • The certificate in gerontology studies is open to all IUPUI students, regardless of major, and can be pursued as a stand-alone degree or combined with an associate's or bachelor's degree.
  • In order to enroll in our certificate program, you must be admitted to IUPUI. If you are not currently admitted to IUPUI, you will need to meet the admission requirements established by IUPUI. For more information, visit


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