Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program

Careers in Aging

Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of the aging process and issues related to an aging society. As a basic and applied science, it examines psychological and social issues faced by individuals as they age as well as specific physiologic changes. Although much of the focus of gerontology is on older adults and later life, the field recognizes the value of understanding the full life course—the human experience of aging.

Our Mission

Since the inception of our program in 1973, our mission is to prepare students as leaders and experts at many levels, including individual, family, community, and society. Gerontology faculty pursue active research in areas including bereavement and loss, family caregiving, Alzheimer’s disease, health promotion and self-care, special populations with disabilities, environmental issues, end-of-life and palliative care, and quality of long-term care.

Courses & Programs

Courses and programs are open to students from ALL academic disciplines and professions and serve to prepare the next generation of leaders for rewarding careers in the expanding field of aging. We also offer all of our courses are offered in an online learning format, making this an ideal program for those living at a distance, working professionals, or others who need the flexibility that online degree programs offer.

Latest News

Oct 21, 2013

Utah Aging Alliance Recognizes Professor Michael Caserta with Pioneer Award


On Friday, October 11, University of Utah College of Nursing Professor Michael Caserta, PhD, inaugural holder of the Robert L. and Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging, saw his efforts to help establish the Utah Aging Alliance come full circle when he was presented with the organization's Pioneer Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to advance the field of aging in Utah.... Read More