Gerontology Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
GER 506 Research Theory

Introduction to the methodology research -- historical, descriptive-survey, experimental design, critical interpretation, and case study techniques -- with attention to specialized data-gathering procedures, such as the questionnaire, the interview, observation, etc.; introduction to statistical concepts. Directed toward the writing of a minor thesis as a degree requirement.

GER 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology The process of aging and surviving into the "later years" results from a complex interplay of social forces, human systems, and social policies, which impinge upon groups and individuals. This course examines components of social gerontology which view aging as an expression of a societal-institutional structure that "creates" and sustains human beings. 3
GER 511 Ethics in Management Topics include treating AIDS and HIV-positive patients, withholding life-support treatment and ethical issues in geriatric care. 2
GER 520 Psychological Perspectives on the Aging Process Provides students with an overview of the variety of psychological theories of aging. Places special emphasis on the adjustment factors of old age. 3
GER 525 Aging Changes and Health Problems Introduces students to the primary and secondary biological aging changes. Covers anatomical and physiological changes of all body systems, with special emphasis on health problems arising from these changes and on related social and psychological phenomena. 3
GER 527 Geriatric and Gerontological Services Administration

Examines the role of disciplines/professionals providing health services to the aged. Special topics will be addressed such as spiritual, religious, and psychological needs in long-term care. The economic, political, legal, ethical, and social issues which affect the administration of human service organizations will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on administrator application in health care services in U.S. and other countries.

GER 528 Administration of Long-Term Care Focuses on the evaluation of long-term institutions as a health care delivery subsystem; comparative evaluation of types of long-term care institutions; government regulations; long-term organization and management. 3
GER 529 Health Care Services for the Elderly

Acquaints the student with the planning process and resources available for meeting the needs of the elderly. Provides the student with a broad knowledge of health services for the aged and their implementation. 

GER 530 Nutrition and Gerontology A study of physiological and biochemical changes of aging persons, nutrition requirements and dietary management of the geriatric patient. 3
GER 531 Communicating Across Generations: Oral History This course will focus on the techniques, planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation involved in conducting oral historical research as applied to a geriatric population. Students will select a research topic in consultation with the professors and complete at least five oral history interviews, transcribe these interviews, and present their research in the form of a paper. This research will analyze the topic at hand using the content of the oral interview as well as traditional research. Each study should attempt to offer some significant data and conclusions about the topic. Research will be presented in seminar for peer critique and evaluation. Interviews/research may deal with such topics as: food habits, health issues and concerns, and personal histories (ethnicity, local history, and autobiography.) 3
GER 555 Professional Contribution This is the last program requirement to be fulfilled by the candidate before graduation. This is not a structured classroom course, but rather a semi-independent experience, such as a thesis, and similar to the comprehensive examination requirement. Participants should consult with their mentors early in the program to develop an acceptable Professional Contribution agenda. 3
GER 575 Counseling the Aged Provides students with behavioral techniques and theory for providing counseling services to the elderly and their families. 3
GER 583 Emerging Medicines and Technologies

This course will focus on new discoveries that affect, or promise to affect, mankind. Advances in science and medicine are providing hope for treatment of deadly and debilitating diseases; however, such advances impact society on many levels. The emerging medicines we will consider include gene therapy, anti-obesity and anti-aging drugs, mental illness treatments, genetic testing, and cancer research topics. An understanding of the biological basis of each emerging medicine will be focal. Science majors and Marywood University graduate students.

Prerequisites: BIOL 435, 435L, CHEM 331, 331L, 332, 332L.

GER 590 Research Methodology

Introduction to methodology, design and statistical applications in health science research. This course is intended to make the student a more informed consumer of the nutrition/dietetics research literature and to provide sufficient information for the design of a theoretically and methodologically sound study.

GER 591 Statistical Analysis

Application of statistics to data analysis and use of SPSS.

GER 595 Independent Study Allows students to work intensively on an individual basis with a faculty member in pursuing specialized gerontological content not found elsewhere in the curriculum. variable credit
GER 596 Internship

An internship is required to increase knowledge and skills in theoretical application. Students must consult their mentors early in the program to determine the internship to pursue. The objective is to develop research skills, skills in improving organizational effectiveness and in the development of leadership potential, including stimulating creativity and interpersonal and communication skill development.

GER 597 Management Project

A Management Project is structured to increase knowledge and skills in theoretical application. The student, upon completion of coursework, must do either a research oriented management project or an internship. Students must consult their mentors early in the program to determine the administrative project or internship to pursue. The objective is to develop research skills, skills in improving organizational effectiveness and in the development of leadership potential, including stimulating creativity, and interpersonal and communication skill development.

GER 599 Practitioner's Seminar in Administration Seminar format designed to develop management skills, including work programming and time management; also covers experiential application of public administration theories and principles with emphasis on observation, analysis, reporting and communication skills. Career development component directs participants in the process of self-analysis to formulate career goals and strategies. 3
GER 988 Global Perspectives on Social and Administrative Practice

This course will examine the need for international social work, given the global context and concerns. The course will also examine four perspectives, namely: global perspective, human rights perspective, ecological perspective, and social development perspective, which are crucial for international social work practice. An important requirement of this course will be a study abroad program during spring/summer break, intended to enhance students’ understanding of human rights, social, and economic justice issues and social problems, and also the strategies followed in the host country in dealing with such issues.