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Innovations in Aging

Graduate Certificate


of All Higher-Ed Institutions

-Center for World University Rankings, 2022


In Best Value Among Arizona's Public Universities

- Payscale, 2022

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 13
Cost Per Credit: $707
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University of Arizona Health Sciences

Program Details

Complement your graduate education with a specialized certificate in aging.

This fully online, interdisciplinary program will explore local and worldwide challenges to offer you foundational knowledge of gerontology and how to implement innovations in your career. You can participate in the graduate certificate program on its own or concurrently as a complement to your master's, Ph.D., or professional program.

The Innovations in Aging graduate certificate program prepares you to take a culturally competent, ethical, humanistic, and interdisciplinary approach to address the unique needs of the aging population. 

The program is designed to help students expand their career opportunities by developing a highly valued skillset that complements their existing skills, education, and professional experience. This interdisciplinary program explores local and worldwide challenges and opportunities by providing foundational knowledge of gerontology and how to implement innovations to improve the lives of older adults. Students can pursue careers in various industries and acquire and apply new knowledge about advancing positive change to benefit older adults and the industries in which they work. 

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

The program features innovative learning strategies and instructional technologies like flexible pacing, asynchronous learning, podcast-style content delivery, and discussion forums.

This graduate certificate is one of 20 Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP) approved and established by the Arizona Board of Regents. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries creating unique opportunities for students to pursue new research opportunities.

The certificate program is also affiliated with the Arizona Center on Aging, which works to improve the quality of life for older adults through comprehensive programs in research, education and training, clinical care, and community engagement.

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.



The graduate certificate program consists of 13 units of graduate credit, offered in a series of one-credit, 5-week online courses over the span of two semesters—or spread out over time to accommodate your busy schedule.

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



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

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