Graduate Certificate in Leadership for an Aging Society
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership for an Aging Society is designed to teach students the fundamentals of the aging process and the leadership skills needed to manage an organization that serves older adults both ethically and effectively. Students will learn how to develop, implement, and assess organizational policy and lead teams that provide support services for older adults.
The program also covers a variety of topics related to serving in a leadership role in the elder care industry, such as the biological, psychological, and sociological impact of aging; ethical issues surrounding older adults and their families living in community or facility settings, including those of for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations; and public policy development and approval processes at the local, state, and national levels.
This certificate will principally serve two broad audiences:
- Current professionals whose organizations specialize in assisting/caring for older adults in public or private settings; and
- Graduate students enrolled in a degree program related to aging (such as sociology, engineering, agriculture, nutrition, public administration, or human development).
Certificate recipients will be well prepared to lead and manage organizations that serve older adults in range of settings and levels.
What You’ll Study
Total Number of Credit Hours
12 graduate credit hours
Core Courses – 12 credits
LAHS 5004: Organizational Leadership for an Aging Society (3 credits)
LAHS 5014: Ethics for an Aging Society (3 credits)
LAHS 5024: Public Policy for an Aging Society (3 credits)
LAHS 5034: Gerontology Leadership Capstone Project (3 credits)
Students will be required to complete coursework to develop knowledge and skills related to organizational leadership, ethical principles, and public policy for the aging services industry. Students will also be required to apply organizational leadership skills in a capstone project to develop, execute, and/or assess an elder care policy or program. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental competencies needed to lead aging services organizations and manage teams that develop and implement policies and practices that address the care needs of older adults and their families.
Time to Completion
Students may enroll in the certificate program either full-time or part-time. Degree-seeking students may take courses in conjunction with their regular course load. Those attending full-time can complete the certificate in a minimum of one academic year and a maximum of four academic years; those attending part-time can complete the certificate in approximately two academic years and a maximum of four academic years.
Non-degree seeking, full-time students can complete the certificate in a minimum of one academic year (two semesters). Non-degree-seeking, part-time students taking one course per semester can complete the certificate in two academic years (four semesters).
Download the Plan of Study here.
Domestic Application Deadlines:
- Fall 2020: August 2020
- Spring 2021: January 2021
International Application Deadlines:
- Fall 2021: April 2021
- Spring 2022: September 2021
Featured Faculty Member
Robert Blancato, MPA
Robert Blancato, executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, will teach “Public Policy for an Aging Society” (LAHS 5024), the inaugural course of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership for an Aging Society. The course will focus on public policy development at local, state, and national levels.
With more than 20 years of service in the congressional and executive branches of the federal government, Blancato is a past senior staff member of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging, and he served as executive director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. He serves on both the National Board of AARP and the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As president of Matz, Blancato and Associates, he also directs several national coalitions, including the Elder Justice Coalition and Defeat Malnutrition Today.
Blancato earned his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and his master’s of public administration from American University. He has won numerous advocacy awards and honors, including being knighted by the Italian Republic in 2011.