June 2, 2009
Webster University’s Gerontology Programs Go Online
ST. LOUIS, June 2, 2009 — The world population is aging. In the U.S. alone, by the year 2030, 70 million people will be 65 or older. This significant segment of the population has its own unique set of interests, issues and concerns surrounding healthcare, public policy, financial planning and much more.
Gerontology is the study of aging, in all aspects, from a social sciences point of view: physical, mental, sociological and psychological. Although a relatively new field, gerontology has been taught at Webster University for more than 25 years. Now, three gerontology programs are available online: Master of Arts in Gerontology (36 credit hours); the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (18 credit hours); and Master of Business Administration with a Gerontology Emphasis (54 credit hours).
The M.A. in Gerontology is also available in the traditional classroom setting at these Webster locations: St. Louis home campus; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Lakeland, Ocala and Orlando, Fla. Classes meet one evening per week for nine weeks.
Karen Bono is the Gerontology program coordinator. “The demand for gerontology professionals is rising due to continuous advances in medical science and increased life expectancies,” she says.
Bono says a gerontology degree is beneficial for a variety of senior-based careers. “Our program prepares students to understand and provide vital services for the older adult population in such areas as policy development; case management; community-based services; product design and advertising; home health services; human resources; and direct services such as counseling, medical and financial planning,” she says. “Graduates from the program often go on to own or operate various businesses or work at community organizations that serve older populations.”
Fall classes begin Aug. 17. For more information about the Gerontology program, go to: http://admissions.webster.edu/admissions/graduate/masters/gern.asp
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is a worldwide institution committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915, Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges, and a global network of more than 100 campuses. Its 20,000-plus student population represents almost 150 nationalities. The University’s core values include excellence in teaching, joining theory and practice, small class sizes, and educating students to be lifelong independent learners, fully prepared to participate in an increasingly international society.
Webster University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, 312-263-0456, www.ncahlc.org. In addition, the University holds licensure approvals and accreditations with various state, local, international and professional agencies.