Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Course code/s: HCG
|Location||City Campus - Collins Street|
|Mid year intake available||Yes - Part-time students only as two core subjects are only available in semester 1.|
|Course coordinator||Bruce Rumbold|
|Available to international students||No|
|Course duration||1 year part-time or 6 months full-time in semester 1 only|
|Credit points||60 credit points|
|Leave of absence available||Yes, for a maximum of 12 months|
Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
The Master of Health Sciences with a major in Gerontology is also available for students who may wish to expand this study program.
The Distance Education version of this degree (HCGDE) is phasing out.
This course aims to meet the needs of a wide range of graduates who wish to develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to pursue career interests in areas that focus on older people. The program is relevant to a wide range of professionals including health and welfare administrators, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals such as dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, pharmacists and podiatrists.
The program is multidisciplinary in its approach and integrates biological, psychological and social perspectives on ageing. Content addresses the promotion of healthy ageing and independence, as well as services and policies related to the support and care needs of frail older people.
The course is offered on a part-time basis over one to two years. Students complete the following:
- core subjects – GER4FSG Foundation Studies in Gerontology, GER4CSS Care and Support Services for Older People; and
- any other two subjects from the course structure listed below.
Course intended learning outcomes
The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.
The course requires the completion of 60 credit points over 6 months full-time or one year part-time study.
|Teaching period||Subject code||Subject title||Credit points|
|TE-SEM-1||LTU0AIM*||Academic Integrity Module||0|
|TE-SEM-1||GER4FSG||Foundation Studies in Gerontology||15|
|TE-SEM-1||GER4CSS||Care and Support Services for Older People||15|
|Plus two of the following 15 credit point subjects|
|TE-SEM-1||PHE5AHS||The Australian Health System||15|
|TE-SEM-1||PHE5INH||Integrated Health Promotion||15|
|TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2||Elective||The elective must be taken at postgraduate level and relevant to geronotology. It can be taken from any discipline within the University but must be approved by the course coordinator||15|
|TE-SEM-2||GER5DCM||Dementia Care - A Multidimensional Approach||15|
|TE-SEM-2||GER4HWB||Health and Well-being of Older People||15|
|TE-SEM-2||PHE5PDE||Program Development and Evaluation||15|
|TE-SEM-2||PHE5HDD||Health Data for Decision Making||15|
Key: *LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.