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Gerontology Certificate


As the world’s population ages, the demand rises for specialized expertise in the field of aging. The Hood College Graduate School Gerontology Certificate program--offered at the school's Frederick, Maryland campus--is designed to provide post-baccalaureate students those professional competencies.

Insightful and instructive

Certificate candidates become well acquainted with the fundamental issues and problems confronting older adults in our society. Coursework and lectures immerse students in the vast body of scholarship related to the biological, psychological, social and ethical aspects of aging.

A career edge

An increasing variety of career paths — in addition to those in health care — call for the ability to effectively communicate and work with older adults. In fact, many states forecast workforce shortages in industries that serve the aging. Hood’s gerontology certificate is a valuable credential in fields such as retirement and estate planning, human resources, marketing, public relations, ministry, grant writing, public policy and insurance.

Two semesters, evening classes

Small evening classes accommodate working adults while assuring personal attention and a sense of community. Students may complete the part-time, 12-credit program in two semesters, fall and spring. Options include enrolling in a stand-alone program and earning the certificate while completing a master’s in Counseling, Human Sciences or Thanatology. Full-time faculty members in Hood’s psychology department — including specialists in geropsychology, developmental psychology and thanatology — and visiting professors recognized in the field provide top-quality instruction.

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Program Director:
Cheryl Parrott, Ph.D.



Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions:
Jan Steven Marcus