Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

certificate code - cg03

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is available to students who meet WVU graduate admission requirements and have an interest in learning more about the aging processes and older people. The certificate affords students an opportunity to explore the basic biological, psychological, and sociological processes of aging; the effects on needs and experiences of older people; and the impact of social policies related to human aging. An understanding of the unique problems and needs of older adults in Appalachia and other rural areas is emphasized.

  • The certificate requires fifteen graduate credits as detailed below.
  • A 3.0 grade-point average must be maintained in all certificate coursework.

Coordination of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology was assumed by the Beatrice Ruth Burgess Center for WV Families and Communities of the WVU School of Social Work in Fall 2009. As Certificate requirements are reviewed, it is possible that some of them may be modified. You may want to check this site periodically or contact Dr. Kristina Hash, Director of the Gerontology Certificate Program, for the latest information about program requirements.

Students must apply to be enrolled in the certificate program. An application may be obtained from Dr. Hash who may be contacted at or (304) 293-8807.

Curriculum Requirements for Gerontology Certificate Program are as follows:

A grade of B- or better must be earned in all required courses
Required Courses9
Public Policy of Aging
Rural Gerontology
Aging Women & Cultural Issues
Independent Study
Electives (Select two of the following courses)6
End of Life Care
Contemporary Issues in Aging
Fundamentals of Gerontology
Decision Analysis in Healthcare
Total Hours15

For further information, please consult the Summer Institute on Aging's website,, or contact Dr. Kris Hash at

Certificate Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the certificate, students should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of biological, psychological, and sociological processes of and issues in aging.
  • Analyze the impact of social policies and programs related to human aging.
  • Articulate the unique problems and needs as well as strengths of older adults in Appalachia and other rural areas.