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This is a draft edition of the 2014-15 Catalog; the final edition will be published in late summer 2014.

Aging Studies

Chair

  • Edward J. Saunders

Coordinator

  • Mercedes Bern-Klug
Undergraduate minor: aging studies
Undergraduate certificate: aging studies
Graduate certificate: aging studies
Web site: http://clas.uiowa.edu/socialwork/undergraduate-program/aging-studies-program/certificate-aging-studies

The Aging Studies Program offers undergraduate and graduate programs and a selection of courses open to students in all majors.

Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who would like to focus on aging studies as their major or as a second major should consider the individualized plan of study track offered by the Interdepartmental Studies Program. See Interdepartmental Studies in the Catalog.

The Aging Studies Program is administered by the School of Social Work.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs of Study

  • Certificate in Aging Studies (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Minor in aging studies (undergraduate)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences grants the undergraduate certificate and minor; the Graduate College confers the graduate certificate.

Certificate

The Certificate in Aging Studies requires 21 s.h. of credit. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student's transcript.

The undergraduate certificate program is open to current University of Iowa undergraduate students and to all individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Undergraduate students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. Undergraduate students may earn the undergraduate certificate or the minor in aging studies, but not both.

The graduate certificate program is open to University of Iowa graduate students with aging-related career interests and needs. Graduate students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.50 in work for the certificate.

The Certificate in Aging Studies takes a multidisciplinary approach to gerontology. Its course work has been coordinated and sequenced to provide a broad background in aging for students from varied disciplines. Students should talk with the Aging Studies Program coordinator about their intent to earn the certificate. They work with their academic advisors and the coordinator to develop an individual plan of study that complements their degree program and career interests.

The certificate's required 21 s.h. must be earned in Aging Studies Program courses (prefix ASP) and other courses approved for the program. With permission from the Aging Studies Program coordinator, students also may be able to use other aging-related courses for the certificate. Students must earn at least 18 s.h. of certificate credit in courses numbered 3000 or above, and they must earn at least 15 s.h. toward the certificate at The University of Iowa.

Certificate requirements include a core curriculum of six courses and an additional 5 s.h. of elective course work from the list of approved aging-related courses. Students may take core courses before or concurrently with other courses in the program, but they should complete the core courses before they enroll in the internship and internship seminar. Students who complete an aging-related internship or practicum in their major field may be able to count that experience as their Aging Studies Program internship; consult with the Aging Studies Program coordinator. Transfer credit requests are evaluated individually by the Aging Studies Program coordinator.

The Certificate in Aging Studies requires the following course work.

CORE COURSES

All certificate students must complete the following six core courses. Graduate students should contact the Aging Studies Program coordinator about an independent study option for ASP:3900 (153:124).

One of these—graduate students must choose ASP:3135 (153:135):

ASP:2181 (153:181) The Anthropology of Aging3 s.h.
ASP:3135 (153:135) Global Aging3 s.h.

One of these—graduate students must choose ASP:3900 (153:124):

ASP:1800 (153:085)/CSD:1800 (003:085)/LEIS:1800 (169:085)/NURS:1800 (096:085)/SSW:1800 (042:085) Basic Aspects of Aging3 s.h.
ASP:3900 (153:124) Independent Study in Gerontologyarr.

All of these:

ASP:3150 (153:150)/PSY:2915 (031:050) Psychology of Aging3 s.h.
ASP:3160 (153:160) Biology of Aging3 s.h.
ASP:4189 (153:189) Aging Studies Internship Seminar1 s.h.
ASP:4190 (153:190)/SSW:4190 (042:190) Aging Studies Internship3 s.h.
ELECTIVES

Students must complete an additional 5 s.h. of electives selected from courses offered by the Aging Studies Program (prefix ASP) and/or from approved aging-related courses offered by other academic units. Practicum and/or research courses offered by other academic units may be accepted for elective credit if they focus on aging; students who wish to apply course work from other departments should consult the Aging Studies Program chair.

Minor

Undergraduate students in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and the Tippie College of Business may earn the minor in aging studies. Students must have the approval of their college or major department in order to earn the minor.

Students may earn the minor or the undergraduate certificate in aging studies, but not both.

The minor in aging studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in aging-related course work, including 12 s.h. in courses numbered 3000 or above taken at The University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. The minor must include ASP:1800 (153:085) Basic Aspects of Aging. Students earning the minor may not enroll in ASP:4190 (153:190) Aging Studies Internship. Courses for the minor must be approved by the Aging Studies Program.

Courses

Lower-Level Undergraduate

ASP:1000 (153:029) First-Year Seminar1 s.h.
Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities). Requirements: first‑ or second‑semester standing.
 
ASP:1800 (153:085) Basic Aspects of Aging3 s.h.
Social, psychological, and biological aspects; demographics of aging, health, economic issues, primary relationships, social services. GE: Social Sciences. Same as LEIS:1800 (169:085), NURS:1800 (096:085), SSW:1800 (042:085), CSD:1800 (003:085).
 
ASP:2181 (153:181) The Anthropology of Aging3 s.h.
Comparative anthropological perspective on aging; ethnographies from diverse contexts used to examine intersections of kinship, religion, health, and medicine in later life. Same as ANTH:2181 (113:147), GHS:2181 (152:147).
 

Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate

ASP:3135 (153:135) Global Aging3 s.h.
Demographic factors that contribute to the world wide phenomena of population aging in context of WHO Active Aging and the United Nation's Principles for Older Persons frameworks. Same as SSW:3135 (042:135), GHS:3050 (152:153).
 
ASP:3150 (153:150) Psychology of Aging3 s.h.
The later years of human life viewed from perspectives of developmental psychology, biology, sociology. Prerequisites: PSY:1001 (031:001). Same as PSY:2915 (031:050).
 
ASP:3151 (153:151) The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life3 s.h.
Examination of diverse understandings of birth and death, drawing on anthropological analysis of personhood, kinship, ritual, and medicine; how social inequality and new technologies shape human experience at life's margins. Prerequisites: ANTH:1101 (113:003) or ANTH:2100 (113:010). Same as ANTH:3151 (113:151), GHS:3151 (152:156).
 
ASP:3152 (153:152) Anthropology of Caregiving and Health3 s.h.
Diverse understandings and practices of care around the world; focus on relationships between caregiving practices and health across the life course. Same as ANTH:3152 (113:152), GHS:3152 (152:149).
 
ASP:3160 (153:160) Biology of Aging3 s.h.
Biogerontology; definition of aging and senescence, biological theories of aging, demographics, model systems foraging, premature aging syndromes, aging of organ systems in humans.
 
ASP:3168 (153:168) Aging and Leisure3 s.h.
Status of the well elderly in relation to retirement issues, use of free time, and factors that support leisure activity; leisure services in long‑term care. Same as LEIS:3168 (169:168).
 
ASP:3501 (153:195) Introduction to Nursing Homes3 s.h.
Overview of nursing home roles in context of long‑term care system, characteristics of nursing home residents. Same as SSW:3501 (042:195).
 
ASP:3610 (153:161) Rhetorical Issues in Health Care3 s.h.
Role of rhetoric in health care practice, decisions, and ethics; rhetorical production of patient and professional selves in health care; varied practices, diverse perspectives, and situated production of medical and health care knowledge. Requirements: satisfactory completion of General Education rhetoric  requirement. Same as RHET:3610 (010:161).
 
ASP:3740 (153:147) End-of-Life Care for Adults and Families2-4 s.h.
End‑of‑life issues in care of adults, older adults, and their families. Requirements: RN license. Same as NURS:3740 (096:147), MED:3740 (050:147), PHAR:3740 (046:146).
 
ASP:3753 (153:153) Programs and Services for Aging Adults3 s.h.
Major gerontological programs and services, practitioners' need for basic aging‑practice competence; aging network; income, employment, health maintenance programs; continuum of care (preventive and well‑elderly services, in‑home services, community‑based services, institutional care); assessment; major elder health issues, informal care; end‑of‑life care. Same as SSW:3753 (042:153).
 
ASP:3785 (153:185) Social Policy and the Elderly3 s.h.
Public social policies, their affect on well‑being of elderly, including women and minorities; U.S. and other nations' policies. Prerequisites: SSW:4843 (042:143). Requirements: an introductory course on aging, and junior or higher standing. Same as SSW:3785 (042:185).
 
ASP:3786 (153:186) Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span3 s.h.
Introduction to death and dying; historical, cultural, societal, personal perspectives. Same as SSW:3786 (042:186).
 
ASP:3900 (153:124) Independent Study in Gerontologyarr.
Individual projects and/or research.
 
ASP:3920 (153:120) Service Learning in Aging Studies1 s.h.
Experiential learning in settings with older adults. Corequisites: ASP:1800 (153:085), if not taken as a prerequisite.
 
ASP:4165 (153:165) Communication Disorders and Aging2 s.h.
Introduction to speech, language, and hearing processes and disorders among older adults; survey of characteristics of communication and communication breakdown, remediation, and strategies for improving communication with older adults with communication disorders; primarily for nonmajors and service providers other than speech‑language pathologists and audiologists. Offered spring semesters of even years. Same as CSD:4165 (003:165).
 
ASP:4189 (153:189) Aging Studies Internship Seminar1 s.h.
Opportunity for students to exercise critical thinking related to experiences in their aging studies internship. Prerequisites: ASP:1800 (153:085), ASP:3135 (153:135), ASP:3150 (153:150), and ASP:3160 (153:160). Corequisites: ASP:4190 (153:190).
 
ASP:4190 (153:190) Aging Studies Internship3 s.h.
Opportunities for students in various disciplines to relate their areas of study to older adults and aging; interdisciplinary relationships, approaches to meeting needs of older adults. Same as SSW:4190 (042:190).
 

Graduate

ASP:5219 (153:219) Aging and the Family2-3 s.h.
Research related to aging and the family; intergenerational relations, marital status in later life, diversity of older families, caregiving, elder abuse, policy issues. Same as SSW:5219 (042:219).
 
ASP:5401 (153:241) The Care of the Frail Elderly3 s.h.
Clinical management of the elderly; emphasis on economic considerations, principles of gerontological care, common syndromes, ethical issues; clinical application experience in a long‑term care setting. Prerequisites: NURS:5029 (096:224). Same as NURS:5401 (096:241).
 
ASP:5750 (153:144) Medicare and Medicaid Policy3 s.h.
Health policies most pertinent to Americans over age of 65. Same as HMP:5750 (174:144).
 
ASP:6610 (153:261) Epidemiology of Aging1-2 s.h.
Epidemiologic methods for studying health and social problems of older persons; applications including research and public health practice and policy. Prerequisites: EPID:4400 (173:140). Same as EPID:6610 (173:261).
 
ASP:7400 (153:410) State of the Science in Biobehavioral Research on Aging3 s.h.
Analysis and evaluation of science in biobehavioral aging research; overview of aging research and interdisciplinary contributions; biobehavioral phenomena pertinent to aging populations; relevant epidemiologic research, population/community‑based research, primary prevention research, qualitative and quantitative analyses, instrumentation, intervention research, measurement studies; ethical and methodological issues, context of care; identification of literature gaps and future research agendas that promote successful aging. Requirements: for NURS:7400 (096:410) — doctoral standing; for ASP:7400 (153:410) — Ph.D. enrollment. Recommendations: knowledge of pathophysiology, research design, and statistics. Same as NURS:7400 (096:410).
 
ASP:7401 (153:420) State of the Science in Geriatric Mental Health Research3 s.h.
Analysis and evaluation of science in geriatric mental health research in nursing and other disciplines; cognitive and affective function, substance abuse, and caregiver health/support; relevant epidemiologic research, population/community‑based research, primary prevention research, qualitative and quantitative analyses, instrumentation, intervention research, and measurement studies; review and analysis of program evaluation and services research, emphasis on ethical and methodological issues; identification of literature gaps and future research agendas that promote successful aging. Requirements: for NURS:7401 (096:420) — doctoral standing; for ASP:7401 (153:420) — Ph.D. enrollment. Recommendations: knowledge of psychopathology, research design, and statistics. Same as NURS:7401 (096:420).
 
ASP:8355 (153:145) Introduction to Geriatric Dentistry2 s.h.
Biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging; normal aging and disease processes associated with aging; pathological changes that affect oral health treatment of dental diseases and patient management. Requirements: D.D.S. enrollment or completion of dental hygiene program. Same as DENT:8355 (112:145).