Gerontology

MS

  • Career in health care of elderly
  • Conduct research, gain hands on experience
  • Growing job market

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A Master’s Degree in Gerontology will offer students an opportunity to be better prepared for a career in health care fields related to the elderly. It will offer health care professionals the knowledge and ability to make continuous changes and improvements in how the elderly are cared for. Health care providers and administrators with gerontology backgrounds will be very valuable in the changing market place.

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The Administratiive Studies programs are located in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences. You'll find specialized computerized programs, including CAI (computer-assisted instruction) preparation software, and interactive video capability. General word processing and statistical software is available in the lab as well.

Meghan

I’m a Vaccine Specialist for Sanofi Pasteur in the Washington D.C. metro area.

In my role, I promote the importance and effectiveness of immunizations; educate on recommendations and burden of disease; and drive revenue growth by analyzing market trends, developing and maintaining business, and selling pediatric, adolescent, and adult vaccines in the healthcare community. With the collaboration of my company and team, I focus daily on our vision: A world in which no one suffers or dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.

Marywood University’s MBA program helped with my current position by providing a strong foundation to hone my business management knowledge, leadership, and analytical skills.  The small class settings allowed for a personal approach in learning and discussing important current business trends and issues.  This has led to my success in my career and in personal growth.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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M.S. in Gerontology

A master’s degree in Gerontology will offer students an opportunity to be better prepared for a career in health care fields related to the elderly. It will offer health care professionals the knowledge and ability to make continuous changes and improvements in how the elderly are cared for. Health care providers and administrators with gerontology backgrounds will be very valuable in the changing market place.

This program will provide the opportunity for students in the fields such as health care administration, nursing, nutrition, social work, public administration, and counseling/psychology to gain knowledge of the needs of the geriatric population—to care properly for the geriatric patients in both social and health care environments. The curriculum will prepare graduates to work more creatively, and do so in an ethical and moral fashion. As the population ages, it will be important for health care workers to adapt to their changing responsibilities, and feel comfortable that the risks they take for attempts at improvement are based upon a solid education and background.

Program Objectives

  1. To provide students with concepts and theories related to aging. 
  2. To assist students in understanding ethical issues and values pertaining to aging. 
  3. To assist students to effectively identify and make informed decisions in the application of theory to practice. 
  4. To provide students with an understanding of concepts/theories of aging in order to evaluate policy and research needs. 
  5. To expose students to a wide range of administrative and managerial problems, processes, practices, and responsibilities involved in providing gerontological health services. 
  6. To prepare students for planning, organizing, staffing and implementing and administering gerontological health services administration. 
  7. To facilitate the student’s understanding and command of basic theories of management and supervision and applied social science theory related to the delivery of gerontological health services administration. 
  8. To help students develop analytical and evaluation skills and techniques leading to effective managerial decision-making applied to the complex task of providing gerontological health services administration.

36 credits are required for this degree. 

GER 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology
3
GER 520/PSYC 540 Psychological Perspectives on the Aging
3
GER 525 Aging Changes and Health
3
GER 590/N D 590 Research Methodology
3
GER 591/N D 591 Statistical Analysis
3
GER 596 Internship 
3
GER 599 Practitioners Seminar in Administration
3
GER 527 Gerontological Services Administration
3
GER 528 Administration of Long-Term Care
3
GER 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly
3
GER 511 Ethics in Management
3
GER 555 Professional Contribution
3
GER 583/BIOL 583 Emerging Medicines and Technologies
3