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This program 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.


Adult Development and Aging Services
The program enhances knowledge and skills of people for service roles in area agencies on aging, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other institutions for the aged, public welfare, and family service agencies, mental health facilities, as well as roles in business and industry dealing with older consumers and/or employees. Courses in the certificate can also be applied toward degree programs such as the associate degree in human development and family studies (adult development and aging services option) or a bachelor’s degree in one of several fields at the University. (15 credits)

Course Requirements*

Core Certificate (15 credits)

BIOL 155 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.

HDFS 249 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 Organization (3 credits) Examination of the social, political, historic, and scientific factors in the development and organization of health services.


Electives (Choose two)

HDFS 129 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
(3 credits)
Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.

HDFS 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 Interventions
(3 credits)
Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.

HDFS 315Y Family Development (3 credits)
Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change.

NUTR 251 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.

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

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