Innovations in Aging

Graduate Certificate

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 13
Cost Per Credit: $1100
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University of Arizona Health Sciences

Program Details

In this interdisciplinary program, a first-of-its-kind to be developed in collaboration by all five UArizona Health Sciences Colleges, you will gain the foundational knowledge of gerontology, and how to advance change in interprofessional settings. The curriculum challenges students to be self-motivated, culturally competent, independent thinkers who take an ethical, humanistic, and interdisciplinary approach to address the unique needs of the aging population. You’ll learn to apply your learnings in real-world activities, participating in the aging community by building upon prior work and sharing knowledge with your peers.  

You will benefit from innovative learning strategies and instructional technologies like flexible pacing, asynchronous learning, podcast-style content delivery, discussion forums, and motivational badges to mark progress.

The certificate curriculum is aligned to the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) competencies and will provide you with the coursework and experience needed to apply for professional certification through the National Association of Professional Gerontologists (NAPG).

Prospective students must have at least either a bachelor’s degree (BS/BA) in any discipline or graduate status (e.g. PharmD students).

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


This program consists of 13 one-credit, 5-week courses.

Human Aging: The Aging Experience
Human Aging: Ethical Considerations
Human Aging: Biological & Psychological Perspectives
Human Aging: Socio-cultural & Human Diversity Perspectives
Human Aging: Humanities & Art Perspectives
Human Aging: Strategies for Critical Evaluations
Human Aging: Applied Theory
Human Aging: Interprofessional Practice, Communication and Older Adults
Human Aging: Spectrum of Supportive Services and Structures
Human Aging: Local and Global Challenges
Human Aging: Across Disciplines
Human Aging: Current Trends in Tech & Innovations
Human Aging: Applying Aging Innovations



Earning your Graduate Certificate in Innovations in Aging will build core skills, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Community engagement
  • Cultural competency
  • Interprofessional communication
  • Aging-related challenges & opportunities
  • Biology of aging
  • Humanistic understanding of aging
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration

Demand for professionals specializing in Aging is growing across a wide range of disciplines including social services, business development, product design, health and long-term care. Graduates of the Innovations in Aging Graduate Certificate program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Clinical Research
  • Health Education
  • Healthcare Consultation
  • Infection Control
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Public Health Administration
  • Public Health