Gerontology

Information Night for Health-Related Certificate and Part-Time Degree Programs

Are you in a health-related field and looking to build on or advance your career? Join us on Monday, June 5 from 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. for a special information night, and have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with program representatives. Visit our event page for full details and to RSVP.

Did you know that in 2015, older adults outnumbered children in Canada for the first time? Get on the leading edge of this demographic change with our Certificate in Gerontology! The goal of the certificate is to provide individuals with foundational knowledge in the field of gerontology to enhance their workplace skills and competencies or to address personal interests. The Certificate in Gerontology provides individuals with an understanding of:

  • the social, political, and demographic implications of aging in Canada and around the world
  • the biological, psychological, and sociological changes that accompany aging
  • the impact of health and well-being, disease, and disability on the aging process
  • the role of social structures (healthcare, education, family), law and advocacy, retirement and economics, environmental design, leisure pursuits, cognitive and physical activities, and death and dying on the process of aging at both the level of the individual and society

Why enrol in this program? Canada's demographic shifts mean most professionals will work with older adult clients at some point, including health and medical personnel, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers, family counselors, recreation specialists, community workers, capacity assessors, administrators, urban planners and designers, and personnel officers.

Our certificate is also relevant to anyone who wishes to learn about the field of gerontology to advocate for seniors.

Completion of the Certificate in Gerontology will enable students to attain the following learning objectives:

  • to comprehend the social, psychological, and biological theories that are applied within the field of gerontology, examining both normal and abnormal age-related changes that occur throughout the lifespan and their impact on practice
  • to examine normal and abnormal age-related changes in social, psychological, and biological functioning and evaluate the implications of these changes on the individual’s ability to interact with their social and physical environments
  • to identify key changes in social roles, social supports, and policies that occur with aging within the areas of work and retirement, social and familial relationships, housing and environmental design, transportation and healthcare and the law
  • to recognize the diversity in aging as it relates to ethnicity, culture, gender, and sexuality and its impact on Canadian demography
  • to analyze the current spectrum of cognitive variations associated with aging within the areas of intelligence, problem solving, learning and memory, personality and mental health
  • to identify and define both the quantitative and qualitative research methods and the significance of research ethics applied within the field of gerontology
  • to identify how research contributes to the knowledge within the field of gerontology and apply the appropriate steps to enable data assembly and data analysis
  • to systematically interpret and critique research findings within the field and determine their implications for the practice of gerontology; and to examine the future trends in gerontology