Specialty Tracks

The University of Florida’s MS in gerontology addresses the growing need for skilled professionals to care for the world’s rapidly aging population. This unique program offers students a choice of three specialty tracks: 1) Geriatric care management, 2) Psychosocial gerontology, and 3) Medical physiology.

What will you learn?

The program offers three specialty tracks:

Geriatric care management provides students with the foundation to provide health, advocacy, and psychosocial services to the older adult population. With a strong focus on managerial, caregiver, and client assessments, students will learn to develop and coordinate care plans with the client’s family. This track prepares professionals for careers in home-based and long-term care facilities as well as other settings that serve the needs of the older adult population.

Psychosocial gerontology familiarizes students with psychosocial factors related to the aging process. These include normal cognitive aging, psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, personality, beliefs, cognitive neuroscience, family systems and role changes, and socially stigmatized areas including ageism, stereotypes, and bias.

Medical Physiology provides students with a strong focus on each organ system.  In conjunction with other gerontology programming, students will be able to better understand the clinical complexities of geriatric medicine. This track prepares students to better understand and address the unique medical needs of the aging population.

Why this gerontology program?

UF’s online gerontology graduate program offers interactive and asynchronous courses with flexible schedules.

No clinical experience is required to apply.

A Growing Field – With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the elder care industry is severely unprepared for the influx of seniors in need of assisted and long-term care. This is a rapidly growing field with many career opportunities.

Practical Requirements – To apply, students must have a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited university. With no clinical experience required, the program empowers more students to make the life-changing decision to enter the rewarding field of gerontology.

Diverse Courses – The University of Florida’s Institute of Aging has expanded its coursework to provide students with greater depth and broader opportunities as post-graduates. Students may elect to specialize in geriatric care management, psychosocial gerontology, or medical physiology but this is not necessary.  Students are also welcome to complete a general degree in gerontology and register for electives from each track.

Who can benefit from this program?

Applicants with a degree in a health or social service–related discipline are most successful, but a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited university is the minimum requirement to apply. Clinical experience is not required to apply.

Specialty tracks are only available to master’s degree students. To earn the master’s degree, students must complete nine core courses and three specialty courses in their chosen specialization. If a graduate certificate student wishes to complete a specialty track, they are encouraged to later apply to the master’s degree program.