Program Coordinator J. Taylor
Program Committee  
(Anthropology) E. Molto
(Nursing) T. King
(Kinesiology) J. Taylor
(Psychology) M.J. Stones
(Social Work) M.L. Kelley
(Sociology) S.D. Stone
Program Co-ordinator K. Maddox
Program Committee  
(Gerontology) M. Stones
(Nursing) K. Maddox,
  D. Pallen
(Social Work) M.L. Kelley

The Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology evolved from activities of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), formerly known as the Northern Educational Centre for Aging & Health (NECAH), established at Lakehead University in 1991. CERAH was responsible for exciting and respected innovations in community education, academic programming, and research relevant to aging and health.

Programs offered include a three-year BA in Gerontology, a four-year Double Major with Psychology, Honours degree in Gerontology with Major Concentration in Women's Studies, Honours degrees in Sociology and Social Work with Major Concentrations in Gerontology, a Gerontology Minor, an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Palliative Care, and a Graduate Specialization in Gerontology. The aims of these programs are to provide multidisciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to understand individual and societal influences on aging, and their relevance to function, health, and well-being throughout the adult life span.

The goal of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate Program is to promote the provision of excellent care to persons who are chronically and terminally ill and to their families, through education about palliative care, its history, and best practices. The Certificate Program is intended for anyone who is interested in learning more about palliative care. An Advanced Palliative Care Certificate Program is currently under development.

The Certificate in Dementia Studies may also be of interest to Gerontology students. The goal of this certificate program is to provide education about dementia - progressive diseases that reduce cognitive and functional performances mainly - but not exclusively - in an older population. This program may be of interest to professional and family caregivers, who provide care or service for individuals affected by dementia. Admission requirements are outlined in the General Admission Requirements of the Admissions section of this Calendar.


See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 27.

Students who are currently enroled in an undergraduate degree program may take courses towards a Minor in Gerontology.

Admission to the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate Program is subject to the applicant meeting the admission entrance requirements as outlined in the Admissions section of this Calendar. The certificate can be taken as part of a student's degree preparation or as continuing professional education following graduation, and may be taken by full-time or part-time students. A background preparation in a health or social service field is not required.

Admission to the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Dementia Studies program is governed by the degree general entrance requirements for Lakehead University (see Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs portion of the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 29). Exceptions to this requirement may be given to mature students; see the Mature Student and Extraordinary Admissions sections on page 32.


See the University Regulations section (page 39) and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Regulations section (page 202) of this Calendar for conditions to enter, proceed in, and graduate from these programs.

1. Further to the University Regulation II Registration (f), page 41, first year students in degree programs may not enrol in a third or fourth year Gerontology course without permission of the instructor.



See also:
Faculty of Graduate Studies
- Information/Regulations
- Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Professional Studies - Specialization in Gerontology

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2007-2008 Calendar version