Minor in Geriatric Health & Wellness

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The minor in Geriatric Health and Wellness is designed for students who wish to gain specialized knowledge and skills in preparation for working with older adults. Students must have sophomore status or above. The minor is sequenced to help students explore issues and factors that influence health, changing social function and quality of life for older adults, in a variety of settings.  The course of study encourages interdisciplinary interaction, service-learning, and evidence in practice, with a focus on diversity, multi-cultural needs, health status, health promotion, and wellness for older adults.  The minor also draws significantly on course work in the related social sciences and humanities for a broad perspective on the issues associated with aging.

Course Requirements

The student must complete the two required courses, and choose four related elective courses across a minimum of two related disciplines as outlined below.  Courses for the minor can be used to meet respective departmental and University requirements per existing policies.

In order for the minor to be acknowledged, students must receive approval plus a signature from their Major Advisor and from the Minor Advisor (as assigned by the Geriatric Health and Wellness Program Director).

Required Courses

  • GW 201  Health and Wellness in Later Life
  • GW 203  Chronic Illness and Frailty in Later Life

Electives | from at least two disciplines*

*Please check that you meet any major requirements or prerequisites for the electives you choose.  Some of these courses require you to be a major in the department where it is offered or require prerequisites within that department.  You may not choose courses that cover the same topic from two different departments (i.e. only one bioethics course from either PH or RS, not both).

  • AT 310 Aspects of Clinical Medicine
  • EX 358 Exercise and Aging
  • EX 361 Functional Gait Analysis
  • EX 390 Planning and Evaluation for Wellness
  • HS 301 Spirituality in Health Care
  • HS 303 Health Education and Promotion for Healthy Lifestyles
  • HS 310 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • MK 220 Consumer Behavior
  • MU 107 Intro to Music Therapy
  • NU 210 Health & Wellness & Cultural Diversity
  • NU 381 Public Health Nursing
  • PH 258 Bioethics: Philosophical Perspectives
  • PH 382 Problems in Contemporary Philosophy
  • PS 274 Adult Development  
  • PS 295 Health Psychology
  • PS 335 Learning Theory
  • PS 350/BI 205 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • RS 260/TRS 340 Bioethics: Religious Approach
  • RS 272 Death & Dying in World Religions
  • RS 281 Religions, Health and Healing 
  • SLP 310 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science
  • SLP 340 Neurological Bases of Communication and Swallowing
  • SO 233 Aging in America
  • SO 234 Sociology of Health and Health Care
  • SO 240 Studying Changing Human Populations
  • SW 267 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

For more information about this program, please contact:

Michele M. Suhie, Ph.D., MT (ASCP)
Coordinator of Geriatric Health and Wellness Programs
Phone: 203-371-7920