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Gerontology Education Program

UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Health Related Professions

The Gerontology Education Program (GEP) coordinates undergraduate and graduate studies in aging. The major objective of this program is to provide a strong academic background for professional careers in academic and aging-related settings. Gerontological education necessarily incorporates diverse traditional disciplines in the biological, behavioral, medical, and social sciences. The program's curricula integrates research, theory, and practice in preparing students for leadership roles in this field for both the private and public sectors.

The Gerontology Education Program offers multidisciplinary academic courses in Gerontology leading to an undergraduate minor and certificate and a graduate certificate in Gerontology. Undergraduate and graduate student scholarships are offered annually to permit students to pursue mentored research.

Opportunities for Faculty Involvement:
The philosophy of the UAB Gerontology Education Program is that research and instruction of the highest quality are achieved when faculty and students are trained within their parent discipline or field and apply their insights to questions of aging through multidisciplinary education. Classes are taught by faculty within their various departments. Faculty may submit classes to be approved for fulfilling requirements for either the undergraduate or graduate programs.

Primary Contact Person:
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Leaders and Key Staff:

  • Patricia Sawyer, Ph.D.
    Director, Gerontology Education Program, Social and Behavioral Sciences Section, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
  • Richard Shewchuk, Ph.D.
    Associate Director, Gerontology Education Program, Department of Health Administration
  • Patricia Drentea, Ph.D.
    Associate Director, Gerontology Education Program, Department of Sociology

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