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
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Curriculum & Requirements
The gerontology multidisciplinary minor (GMM) provides students with the opportunity to examine and evaluate the aging process as it affects the individual and society within the United States and in the world. Through a multidisciplinary course selection, students develop an understanding of aging from a variety of perspectives with a focus on how people age physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Students are encouraged to analyze the historical and philosophical foundation from which policies, programs, and professional activities affecting the aged are developed, implemented, and evaluated. The purpose of GMM is to prepare students as they enter their career fields on the effects that the growing elderly population will have in every component of modern life.
To complete a minor in gerontology students are required to take a minimum of 20 credits.
- Special Topic courses on aging-related topics can be used for GMM if approved by the GMM coordinator (e.g. SW 797 Special Topics in Social Welfare - End of Life Care)
- The GMM follows UNH's policy on minors. Following University policy, students must complete 20 credit hours with a grade of C- or better and a 2.00 grade point average.
- Students must submit a Certification of Completion of Minor form during their final semester to the GMM Coordinator: Dr. BoRin Kim in the Department of Social Work.
|Biology of Aging|
|I'm Old, So What! An introduction to aging in the United States|
|Select 3 additional courses from the following:||12|
|Globalization and Global Population Health|
|Independent Study 2|
|Adult Development and Aging|
|The Right to be Disabled in the Extreme Makeover Society|
|Human Development, Interaction and Learning Across the Lifespan|
|Death and Dying|
|Nutrition in Health and Well Being|
|Field Experience in Nutrition 1|
|Life Cycle Nutrition|
|Function and Wellbeing of Older Adults|
|Developmental Tasks of Adulthood|
|Law, Medicine, and Ethics|
|Therapeutic Recreation Rehabilitation Principles & Interventions|
|Recreation Management and Policy Practicum 1|
|You've Got Your Troubles, I've Got Mine|
|Aging and Society|
|Social Work Field Experience 1|
|Social Work Field Experience II 1|
Up to 4 credits from the practicum courses including HDFS 707 Practicum, NUTR 600 Field Experience in Nutrition, RMP 563 Recreation Management and Policy Practicum, SW 740 Social Work Field Experience or SW 741 Social Work Field Experience II can be used for GMM if a student did their internship at aging-related institutions.
GERO #795 Independent Study is not a required course but up to 4 credits can be used toward GMM. GERO #795 is used by students and faculty as an option for creating an individual experience relating to aging. A faculty member must approve and oversee (mentor) the student's work. Additionally, the GMM coordinator must also approve of the proposal and retain a copy. A copy of the proposal and the final copy will be kept in the student's major academic folder.