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:
Patricia Sawyer, Ph.D.
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