Sep 21, 2018  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
2018-2019 University Catalog

Gerontology Program


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Program Coordinator

Laura Zettel-Watson

Program Office/Website

Humanities 424
657-278-7057
hss.fullerton.edu/gerontology

Program Council

Susan Cadwallader (Marketing), Barbara Cherry (Psychology), Barbra Erikson (Anthropology), Koren Fisher (Kinesiology), Dennis Kao (Social Work), Kristin Kleinjans (Economics), Melanie Horn Mallers (Human Services), Mary Read (Counseling), Debra Rose (Director, Center for Successful Aging), Eriko Self (Psychology), Kathleen Wilson (Kinesiology), Karen Wong (Sociology and Gerontology), Laura Zettel-Watson (Psychology)

Gerontology-Affiliated Faculty

Cheryl Alvarez (Gerontology), David Cherin (Social Work), John Doyle (Human Services), Karen Fazio (Health Sciences and Gerontology), Sara Johnson (Anthropology), Sang June Oh (Mechanical Engineering), Nilay Patel (Biological Science), Urvi Patel (Gerontology), Jennifer Piazza (Health Sciences), Carter Rakovski (Sociology), Carl Renold (Human Services), Adam Roberts (Psychology), Nina Robson (Mechanical Engineering), Rose Sakamoto (Nursing), James Santucci (Comparative Religion), Parvin Shahrestani (Biological Science), Chandra Srinivasan (Biochemistry), Dominick Sturz (Health Sciences), Stephanie Vaughn (Nursing), Eileen Walsh (Sociology)

Introduction

Gerontology, the study of aging, is a multidisciplinary field that examines the biological, psychological, social and health/fitness aspects of the aging process. The unprecedented growth of the older population has created a growing demand for professionals in a variety of fields who understand issues related to the aging process.

Programs in Gerontology provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the processes of adult development and aging. They prepare students for a variety of career opportunities in business, government, industry, public and private agencies, health and human services, research and education, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Many career options involve working with healthy and independent older adults, while other positions involve working with older adults who have health problems and other age-related limitations.

Degree Description

The Master of Science in Gerontology is designed to provide a comprehensive learning environment, rich with research and practice opportunities, to produce outstanding gerontologists who meet the needs of the aging population. The program’s cross-disciplinary course of study provides students with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking tools to appreciate and address diverse concerns of adult development and aging. Coursework and internships provide students with a strong foundation in applied and theoretical gerontology, with an emphasis on biological, psychological and social aspects of aging, as well as ethical and cultural considerations of aging. The program prepares students for leadership careers in practice, education, research, advocacy or policy.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered

Programs

    Master of ScienceNon-Degree

    Courses

      Gerontology

      Courses are designated as GERO in the class schedule.

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