Gerontological Studies and Services (BS)

Health and Physical Education
HEGIS Number: 2299.01

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Mission Statement:

To prepare students to assume leadership positions in the planning, implementation and evaluation of geriatric health education, gerontological policies and programs, and the delivery of services to older adults and their families.

Learning Objectives and Competencies:

  1. To demonstrate knowledge of aging processes and adult growth and development.
  2. To assess and prioritize the health, psychosocial, environmental, and program needs of community-based older adult.
  3. To interpret policies and procedures of entitlements and need-based programs for older adults.
  4. To demonstrate culturally-responsive communication and helping skills.
  5. To plan effective gerontological health-education programs.
  6. To implement gerontological health-education interventions.
  7. To assess the effectiveness of educational and other programs serving the elderly and their families.
  8. To communicate and advocate on behalf of older adults.
  9. To demonstrate reflective professional development.

This interdisciplinary program of study provides an opportunity for students to develop a compassionate and constructive view of older adults and the process and problems of aging. Graduates of this program will be prepared to continue their education at the graduate level, or to enter employment in their chosen fields. The Field Work component permits students the opportunity to experience first-hand, the realities of working with well and frail elderly in the field of Gerontological studies and services.

Gerontological Studies and Services BS


Major Requirements

GERO101 Introduction to Gerontology I (Interdisciplinary) 
GERO201 Intermediate Gerontology 
GERO210 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 
GERO301 Wellness and the Elderly 
HE201 Foundations of Health and Wellness 
HE341 HIV/AIDS: Public Health Implications 
PSY280 Psychology of Geriatrics 
PSY283 Psychology of Death and Dying 
SCWK203 Social Welfare Programs 

Skills Requirements

HE200 Basic Cardiac Life Support 
HE223 Health Behavior 
HE224 Laboratory in Health Behavior 
HE321 Health Counseling 
HE331 Program Planning 
HE481 Organization and Administration of Health Education 
PE353 Physical Activity for Special Populations 
SCWK300 Generalist Social Work Practice I and Skills Lab 

Elective Requirements

Choose two courses from the following  
ANTH302 Human Aging Cross-Culturally 
BIO283 Biology of Aging 
HE365 Research and Writing in Health and Physical Education 
PE322 Recreation, Organization, and Leadership 
POL273 Politics of Aging 
PSY381 Psychological Consequences of Chronic Disability 
SOC236 Sociology of Aging 

Field Work

HE471 Field Work 
HE472 Field Work 
HE473 Field Work 
HE474 Field Work 

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