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Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

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Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Graduate Social Work Dept.
Reynolds Hall, Room 107
650 Reynolds Alley
West Chester, PA 19383

Angela Lavery, PhD, LCSW, FT
Phone: 610-738-0341

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The Graduate Certificate is an ideal program for professionals seeking training in the field of gerontology. The 12-credit interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses taught by expert faculty from social work, nursing, health, nutrition, kinesiology and other fields. Faculty research interests in gerontology include: end of life care, dementia care, caregiver burden, housing, health equity and disparity, resilience, elder abuse and depression in older adults.

West Chester University is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). AGHE is the only national membership association with the primary purpose being the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics as a field of study in institutions of higher education.



The certificate offers a flexible curriculum format including online and traditional in-class options. Students can pursue the program on a full-time or part-time basis. If desired, a student can complete the entire certificate online. The courses in the certificate program can be transferred into the master of public health (MPH) program which enables students to have a gerontology focus in addition to public-health training.


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