Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate Certificate in Geriatric Health and Wellness is designed for adult students who wish to gain specialized knowledge and skills in preparation for working with older adults. Students must have sophomore status or above. The Certificate 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 Certificate 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:

This is a fifteen (15) credit certificate.

The student must complete the two required courses, and choose three related elective courses across a minimum of two related disciplines as outlined below. Courses for the Certificate can be used to meet the requirements of the Professional Studies Bachelor’s degree offered through University College. Courses for the Certificate can be used to meet respective departmental and University requirements per existing policies.

In order for the certificate to be acknowledged, students must apply through University College. The student must receive approval from the University College academic advisor and from the certificate advisor (as assigned by the Geriatric Health and Wellness Program Director).

Preferred candidates for the Certificate should have a background in geriatric care or a high level of interest in this topic.

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

  • BU 202 Organizational Behavior
  • HS 301 Spirituality in Health Care
  • HS 354 Improving Health Care Quality and Safety
  • NU 210 Health & Wellness &Cultural Diversity
  • PH 258 Medical Ethics
  • PS 110 Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 274 Adult Development (Prerequisite: PS 101, PS 110 or PS 103)
  • PS 251 Life-span Development (Prerequisite: PS 101. Nursing and pre-OT, non-Psychology majors only)
  • PS 295 Health Psychology
  • SO 110 Sociological Imagination
  • SO 240 Studying Changes in Human Populations

For more information about this academic program, contact:

Michele M. Suhie, PhD, MT (ASCP)
Coordinator of Geriatric Health and Wellness Programs
Tel: 203-371-7920
suhiem@sacredheart.edu