University Handbook 2018

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Course code/s: HCG

Course details
Location City Campus
Course code HCG
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
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries 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. 

Course description

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.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 60 credit points over 6 months full-time or one year part-time study.

First year (60 credit points)
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.


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