Graduate Certificate in Aging, Policy, and Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Aging, Policy and Public Health is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in the fields of Aging, Policy, and Public Health. The Certificate is open to all graduate students currently admitted to the MPH/PHD Public Health Programs in the School, including on-line and in-person students. The program is also open to non-matriculated working professionals in the fields of Public Health, Health Care, Allied Health Sciences, Gerontology, and Education. As well as, researchers and policy makers in aging, who have an interest in improving skills in the field of aging and in potentially pursuing a future Master in Public Health degree.

Successful candidates in the certificate will gain the following skills:

  • Articulate the historical and potential future financial impacts of aging policy choices. 
  • Compare the aging-related policy differences among the states based on variations in states characteristics, such as demographics, urban-vs-rural settings, political leanings, or geographic regions
  • Synthesize the various components of long-term care policy 
  • Understand federal, state and local government structures and processes as they relate to aging policy
  • Review and describe the different functions of end-of-life decision-making tools and processes and understand the legal implications for each tool.
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret risk factors influencing individual and community health status through a strong foundation in epidemiology, social, and behavioral theory.
  • Identify sources of health-related data in order to describe the distribution of disease in populations. Generate hypothesis from descriptive data on disease frequency in relation to person, place and time. Interpret health status indices based on these data, such as mortality and morbidity rates.
  • Apply ecological theory, or “systems thinking”, for discussing and resolving prevalent chronic disease issues and planning and implementing health promotion interventions.
  • Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral chronic disease and health promotion interventions.