Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Gerontology consists of five core courses and two chosen electives:

Required Core Courses (20 Units)* Units
GERO 500 Perspectives on a Changing Society: An Introduction to Aging
A web based course analyzing physical, mental, and social age-related changes as well as implications of population aging trends for individuals and society.
4
GERO 508 Mind and Body Connection through the Lifespan
An introduction to mind-body processes involved in healthy aging. Examines the interplay of emotions, beliefs, and behaviors in shaping health-relevant biological processes.
4
GERO 520 Life Span Developmental Psychology
This course provides an overview of major topics in the psychology of aging. These include: perception, cognitive processes, personality, intergenerational relationships, etc.
4
GERO 530 Life Span Developmental Sociology
Life-span perspective on the sociological theories of marriage and the family, intergenerational relationships, work and retirement, and other forms of social organization.
4
GERO 540 Social Policy and Aging
This course will introduce theoretical models of the policy process, and examine the history, development, and implementation of policies for older persons
4

Students must select two courses (for a total of 8 units) from the following courses:

Elective Courses (8 Units)* Units
GERO 522 Counseling Older Adults and Their Families
Theory and application of assessment and intervention techniques with older adults and their families, including: treatment modalities, and ethical and legal issues.
4
GERO 550 Administration and System Management in Programs for Older Adults
Application of theories of administration and system management to public and volunteer programs and services for older adults, including residential institutions.
4
GERO 585 The Aging Family
Family processes and structure in families with aged persons will be reviewed, including marital and family therapy and intervention strategies.
4
GERO 589 Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management
Examination of case studies of issues affecting the aging services industries and the role industry leaders play in reacting to change.
4

Total Units Required for Degree 28

The Master of Aging Services Management consists of three core courses from the following five courses:

Required Core Courses (12 Units)* Units
GERO 500 Perspectives on a Changing Society: An Introduction to Aging
A web based course analyzing physical, mental, and social age-related changes as well as implications of population aging trends for individuals and society.
4
GERO 501 Applied Legal and Regulatory Issues in Aging
Analysis of shifting legal and regulatory issue affecting the delivery of aging services.
4
GERO 502 Marketing and Shifts in Consumer Decision Making
Branding, marketing, and consumer behavior through examination of established, transitioning and emerging aging services and organizations.
4
GERO 504 Current Issues in Aging Services Management
Basic skills needed for an executive working in an aging services environment. Recommended for entry level administrators and managers.
4
GERO 589 Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management
Examination of case studies of issues affecting the aging services industries and the role industry leaders play in reacting to change.
4

Students must select five courses (for a total of 20 units) from the following courses:

Elective Courses (20 Units)* Units
GERO 505 Housing and Community Policies and Programs
Examination of the behavioral and social consequences of design and the environment to create a more satisfying physical environment for both frail and active older adults.
4
GERO 506 Technological Innovations in Aging (Gerontechnology)
This course is designed to familiarize you with innovators and entrepreneurs working on the creation and testing of technologies, which support the health of older adults.
4
GERO 507 End of Life Care
Examination of programs related to end of life care. Cultural competencies in working with a diverse population on end of life issues.
4
GERO 508 Mind and Body Connection through the Lifespan
An introduction to mind-body processes involved in healthy aging. Examines the interplay of emotions, beliefs, and behaviors in shaping health-relevant biological processes.
4
GERO 510 Physiology of Development and Aging
Examination of lifespan physiology of human development, growth, and aging; major emphasis in the physiology of the later years and implications for health maintenance.
4
GERO 520 Life Span Developmental Psychology
This course provides an overview of major topics in the psychology of aging. These include: perception, cognitive processes, personality, intergenerational relationships, etc.
4
GERO 522 Counseling Older Adults and Their Families
Theory and application of assessment and intervention techniques with older adults and their families, including: treatment modalities, and ethical and legal issues.
4
GERO 530 Life Span Developmental Sociology
Life-span perspective on the sociological theories of marriage and the family, intergenerational relationships, work and retirement, and other forms of social organization.
4
GERO 540 Social Policy and Aging
This course will introduce theoretical models of the policy process, and examine the history, development, and implementation of policies for older persons
4
GERO 541 Health Care Delivery Models: Comparative Approaches
Examination of current trends and future prospects of finance and reimbursement systems. Topics include major legislation and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
4
GERO 543 Continuum of Care: Systems Perspective
Structural and organizational aspects of institutional and community programs — public policies, fiscal management, regulation, administration and the continuum of care.
4
GERO 550 Administration and System Management in Programs for Older Adults
Application of theories of administration and system management to public and volunteer programs and services for older adults, including residential institutions.
4
GERO 554 Evaluation: Incorporating Evidence-Based Practices
Examination of the evaluation of health and service delivery in aging services industries.
4
GERO 585 The Aging Family
Family processes and structure in families with aged persons will be reviewed, including marital and family therapy and intervention strategies.
4
GERO 593 Research Methods
An introduction to research methods and their application to gerontology, including problem formulation, research design, data collection, and report preparation.
4

Total Units Required for Degree 32

The curriculum encourages students to apply academic research into professional applications.

All Master of Arts in Gerontology and Master of Aging Services Management classes are taught through an online learning environment. Online students can complete their entire aging services degree without setting foot on the USC campus. The webcasts and additional web-based discussions and assignments allow students from remote locations to complete the coursework at a time of optimal convenience.

* Courses and program curriculum is subject to change. Individual experiences may vary.