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Aging Law & Policy

Graduate Certificate

Improve your understanding of the legal and ethical issues that intersect with caring for an older population and supporting healthy aging.


As the American population ages, there is an increasing need for professionals in the aging sector to better understand the legal and ethical issues that surround working in later-in-life, long-term care, as well as the ways that technology is changing how healthcare is monitored and delivered to seniors.

Coursework in this certificate reflects an innovative, multidisciplinary collaboration from academics across the University of Arizona in law, the health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, engineering and psychiatry, along with the UA Center on Aging. This innovative format reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the growing aging sector and will prepare you to excel in the field.

As a graduate of this program, you will have employable skills necessary to succeed in this multifaceted, highly-regulated field, including the ability to identify areas of potential legal risk and effectively communicate with older adults, legal counsel, regulatory agencies, ethics committees and risk management.

The certificate consists of four courses, which can be completed in less than eight months. Credits earned in this program may be applied to the Master of Legal Studies with a Concentration in Health Law & Policy.

For more information visit law.arizona.edu/health or email law-healthcare@arizona.edu.

Eligibility: Applicants must provide unofficial transcripts, resume, personal statement and two references.

Career Level: Graduate Certificate
Degree: Graduate Certificate
College: College of Law

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $650
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The core curriculum for this program is comprised of:

  • LAW 584A: Aging in America - Gain a fundamental understanding of legal and public health frameworks involved in the financing and delivery of care for the US aging population. Course covers funding models from Medicare and Medicaid to Veterans Administration and Indian Health Service.
  • LAW 584B: Aging and Social Justice - Cover the terrain of age discrimination, social conceptions of the elderly as burdensome and cultural biases that reject the role of the elderly as valuable contributors.
  • LAW 584C: Technology & Aging: Legal and Ethical Developments - Take an in-depth look at the ethical, legal, and social challenges facing aging adults amidst the rise of novel technologies.
  • LAW 584: Law and the Elderly - Explore a myriad of legal, ethical, and social issues in relation to caring for an older population, including: elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, as well as healthcare decision making.
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