Program Overview

This 15-credit Certificate program is designed to be of interest to professionals in Health and Social Service Fields who wish to expand their work to include the elder population or who wish to earn an academic credential in Gerontology that may be useful in their career advancement;  individuals seeking entry level positions in the health and social service fields working with elders in a variety of settings; and adults interested in better understanding and preparing for the aging of their loved ones and themselves.

Among the Highlights:

  • Three required courses (9 credits) and two elective course (6 credits) relevant to your area of interest – a growing number of courses are available online*
  • Access to faculty experts from UVM’s College of Education and Social Services, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and College of Arts and Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary courses open to working professionals and current students

*Some students may be required to take HDFS 190 internship if they do not have prior experience working with elders or in a related field.

Who Should Apply?

The Certificate is designed to increase the number of professionals across a range of professions including social work, human services, and health services, who are prepared to serve the elder population and to understand and meet the needs of an aging society. These courses are also designed to educate adults interested in better understanding and supporting positive aging for themselves and their loved ones.  Special attention is paid to addressing ageism in several of the required certificate courses. In these ways, graduates of this Certificate program will be well-positioned to maximize human potential and the quality of life of elders, their families, and our communities.

Getting Started

  • Start the program at any time—courses are available year-round
  • To review your options, contact Continuing Education at 802-656-2085 and an advisor will assist you in your decision-making process