What is gerontology?
Gerontology is the study of the biological, psychological and social aspects of aging. In this minor, you’ll learn to promote the health and well-being of aging individuals through research, teaching and service. The interdisciplinary curriculum lets you explore the fundamentals of gerontology. Faculty research areas include elder maltreatment, intergenerational relations and support, transitions in care and functioning, and community services and policies for older populations. You can combine the minor in gerontology with a major in areas such as healthcare, human development and family studies, recreation management or social work, preparing you for a variety of in-demand careers.
Why study gerontology at UNH?
As a major public research university, UNH emphasizes hands-on experience and research opportunities. Students in the gerontology minor have the opportunity to put theory into practice through the Center on Aging and Community Living, an integrated center of applied research, evaluation and training relevant to aging and community living. The center focuses on care giving, care transitions, person-centered approaches, innovative community living, and workforce development. The College of Health and Human Services also hosts an annual Age of Champions health fair, the goal of which is to raise awareness of and promote healthy aging from a holistic perspective.
- Assisted living activities coordinator
- Eldercare policy analyst
- Family intervention case manager
- Human rights advocate
- Rehabilitation counselor
- Social worker
- Therapeutic recreation coordinator
- Veteran services provider