FCS 5400 – Aging Policy in Action
This course will examine the historical development, current application, and future trends of public policy as they relate to the well-being of aging individuals. Policy processes at the state and national levels will be holistically explored and analyzed so that strengths and weaknesses of current age-related policies and proposals for change can be critically evaluated.
CMN 5155 – Communication and Aging
This course offers a survey of the research in key areas related to aging and communication. It introduces students to the central theories of communication and aging as well as approaches to studying intergenerational communication. Communication’s influence on societal attitudes about age groups and intergenerational communication, and the impact of communication on issues of (in)dependence, health and wellbeing, healthcare issues, close personal relationships, decision-making, and other communicative contexts related to aging will be examined.
FCS 5100 – Societal Aspects of Aging
Review of current social gerontological theories and research; consideration of structural aspects of the social order as related to the aging process.
FCS 5200 – Immersion in Long Term Care
This course will review and critique current trends in person-centered care for older adults with a focus on professional development. Central to the course is an experiential learning requirement where students live in a nursing home as a resident for 48 hours. The extended time in the long-term care facility allows students to synthesize and apply knowledge gained from courses completed throughout the interdisciplinary Master’s degree program.
HST 5750 – Health Program and Planning Evaluation
This course will provide both a theoretical and practical approach to program planning and evaluation ranging from individual-level health education and promotion programs to population-based health policy programs. Concepts covered will include needs assessment, interventions, implementation strategies, and process, impact, and outcome evaluation, models/designs, data collection, and analysis and interpretation strategies.
FCS 5301 – Consumer and Management Problems of Older People
To develop competency in assisting people in the later stages of the family life cycle in the areas of consumer and management problems.
FCS 5900 – Research Methods
Research techniques in writing, interpreting, and evaluating research.
MBA 5520 – Strategic Human Resource Management
A comprehensive study of personnel programs and their management in formal organizations; research into the operation of personnel management.
EDF 5590 – Educational Response to Third Age Learning
This course will examine, from an education/learning perspective, adult education with a focus on the third age student (55+). Principles of adult learning and educational practices will be discussed along with organizations/individuals providing third age learners education activities.
KSS 5225 – Physical Activity and Aging
This course includes information on theories of physical aging, functional changes in humans
with aging, and effects of both short term and chronic physical activity upon aging systems. Indications and contraindications of activity for older persons are discussed.
PSY 5540 – Psychological Processes in the Aged
An in-depth study of age-related changes, in the elderly, in such psychological processes as learning, memory, sensation, perception, intelligence, adjustment, and personality.
As part of their Master’s Degree Program all students will also enroll in one of the following Courses:
FCS 5990 – Independent Study
To offer opportunity and challenge for a student to pursue needed study in the area in which appropriate courses are not being currently offered.
FCS 5985- Gerontology Internship.
An individualized planned work experience in an agency or institution appropriate to the student's area of specialization.
FCS 5950- Thesis
Individual direction of research thesis writing.