Gerontological Studies and Services (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
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, psycho-social, environmental, and program needs of community-based older adults.
  3. To interpret policies and procedures of entitlement 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 needs of older adults and their families.
  8. To effectively communicate with 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 field. The Field Work component permit students the opportunity to experience first-hand the realities of working will well and frail elderly in the field of Gerontological studies and services.


Gerontological Studies and Services BS


Major Requirements

GERO101Introduction to Gerontology I (Interdisciplinary) 
GERO201Intermediate Gerontology 
GERO210Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 
GERO301Wellness and the Elderly 
HE201Foundations of Health and Wellness 
HE341HIV/AIDS: Public Health Implications 
PSY280Psychology of Geriatrics 
PSY283Psychology of Death and Dying 
SCWK203Social Welfare Programs 

Skills Requirements

HE200Basic Cardiac Life Support 
HE223Health Behavior 
HE224Laboratory in Health Behavior 
HE321Health Counseling 
HE331Program Planning 
HE481Organization and Administration of Health Education 
PE353Physical Activity for Special Populations 
SCWK300Generalist Social Work Practice I and Skills Lab 

Elective Requirements

Choose two courses from the following 
ANTH302Human Aging Cross-Culturally 
BIO283Biology of Aging 
HE365Research and Writing in Health and Physical Education 
PE322Recreation, Organization, and Leadership 
POL273Politics of Aging 
PSY381Psychological Consequences of Chronic Disability 
SOC236Sociology of Aging 

Field Work

HE471Field Work 
HE472Field Work 
HE473Field Work 
HE474Field Work 

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