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What is Gerontology?

Gerontology is the study of aging across the lifespan.

It is a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates information from the fields of biology, psychology, sociology, family and consumer science, social work, physiology, and many others.


In addition to education and research about adulthood and aging, practice is emphasized in order to provide services more effectively to adults and their families. 

Gerontology helps individuals understand their own aging and how to age successfully.

Why Study Gerontology?

Today, 1 in 7 people in the United States is 65 years or older.


By the year 2030, 1 in 5 Americans is projected to be 65 years and older.

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Older adults currently make up about 17% of the population, and are expected to comprise 22% of the population by 2050.


Increasing numbers of older adults require individuals with skills and training in gerontology.


Why Study Gerontology at
Kent State and University of Akron?

Practical emphasis

Practicum provides valuable hands-on work or research experience in the field.


Few required courses, allowing students to tailor the courses they take to meet their unique professional interests and goals.


Faculty at both universities are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in gerontology. 


Graduates appreciate the depth and relevance of the material and the relationships fostered. 

Adult Graduation

What is a Certificate in Gerontology?

A certificate is a special course of study in addition to a traditional discipline.


Our Graduate Certificate in Gerontology can be earned with any Master's or Doctoral degree from an accredited university.

You can bring an aging specialization to many careers, allowing you to create opportunities in a growing and increasingly relevant field.

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