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Adult Development and Aging Services

This 15 credit certificate is designed as a flexible opportunity for gaining knowledge and professional development for people interested in working with older adults in a variety of community settings.  The program has been designed in concert with the Penn State Gerontology Center.  The certificate can supplement the student's prior education by providing a foundation of the understanding of later life.

Professional Core* (12 credits)

BIOL 155 (GN) Introduction to the Biology of Aging (3 credits) Examination of human aging from a biological perspective. Population demographics, physiological and pathological changes, and healthy lifestyles are discussed. Students who have passed BIOL 409 may not schedule this course.

HD FS 249 (GS) Adult Development and Aging (3 credits) Physiological, psychological, and social development and intervention from young adulthood through old age.

H P A 101 Introduction to Health Services Organizations (3 credit) Examination of social, political, historic, and scientific factors in the development and organization of health services.

SOC 035 Sociology of Aging (3 credits) Introduction to the sociological study of aging.

Professional Electives* (Select 3 credits)

HD FS 129 (GS) Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies (3 credits) Introduction to psychological and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.

HD FS 216 Personal and Interpersonal Skills (3 credits) Conceptions of lifespan personal and interpersonal skill enhancement.

HD FS 301 Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions (3 credits) Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services.

HD FS 311 Human Development and Family Studies Intervention (3 credits) Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.  Prerequisite: HD FS 129

HD FS 315 (US) Family Development (3 credits) Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change.  Prerequisite: HD FS 129 ; 3 credits of social, behavioral, or human biological sciences

NUTR 251 (GHS) Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3 credits) The nutrients: food sources and physiological functions as related to human growth and well-being throughout life; current nutrition issues.  Students who have passed NUTR 151 may not schedule this course.

PSYCH 100 (GS) Psychology (3 credits) Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

SOC 001 (GS) Introductory Sociology (3 credits) The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.

*Students are responsible for completing any required prerequisite courses.