Gerontology

Welcome from the Director

Hello and welcome to the Undergraduate School's Gerontology program.

Did you know that by the year 2025, one in every five people is expected to be over the age of 60? This means that the career opportunities for those interested in work with older adults will expand tremendously. UMUC’s award-winning Gerontology Program is one of only a few undergraduate programs across the nation that can be completed entirely online. The program offers a major and minor as well as a certificate in Health Issues in the Aging Adult. Its focus on aging theory, public policy and service management prepares graduates to enter the workforce with the skills needed to address the challenges of this growing population. In addition, the program provides hand-on opportunities to work in the field and gain invaluable practical experience with older adults.

UMUC’s Gerontology faculty consists of professionals working in a variety of settings who bring their expertise and experience to the classroom. They share a passion for teaching as well as a commitment to serving older adults that transcends the classroom. Whether you take a single-credit course on geriatric nutrition or Alzheimer’s disease, or complete a 6-credit internship at a local hospital or assisted living facility, gerontology students inevitably come away from their coursework with a richer appreciation of the complexities of aging and learn to apply this newfound knowledge not only to others, but to themselves. After all, aging is a process that affects us all.

Sincerely,

Katherine Humber, MA
Academic Director, Gerontology and Behavioral Sciences, and
Collegiate Assistant Professor