Minor in Aging and Public Policy

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The aging of society has an impact on every aspect of our lives and on all of our social institutions. The development, implementation, and consequence of public policies about aging become increasingly important as the number and proportion of older people continues to grow. Miami University's minor in aging and public policy is designed to educate you about complex social issues and equip you to respond with informed sensitivity to individual, family, community, societal, and global challenges of aging. The policy courses employ a cross-national comparative perspective to prepare you for our increasingly global society. Open to all majors, this multidisciplinary minor responds to the need for more individuals with knowledge about aging and public policy.

The minor in gerontology requires 19 hours of coursework, including GTY 440.G, a capstone course that provides you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom in an organization or agency that works on behalf of older adults. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for the courses that count toward the minor. With the exception of GTY 440.G, no courses may be taken credit/no-credit.

Ready to Declare?

If you would like more information about or to declare a minor in Aging and Public Policy, please contact Dr. Jennifer Kinney at kinneyjm@MiamiOH.edu.

GTY154: Big Ideas in Aging

Overview of the processes of aging, with an emphasis on "big questions" such as why does aging matter, how do we study aging, why do people age in different ways, what are the diverse work and living conditions of older adults, and how do formal and informal programs influence the aging experience?

3 Credit Hours

GTY365: Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology

Provides practical information about working in programs serving older people. Topics include social policy and old age, health policy and programs, federal economic reform, grantsmanship, program planning and coordination, and professions in the field of aging.

Prerequisite: GTY 154

3 Credit Hours

GTY440: Capstone Field Experience in Gerontology

Through field placement and a weekly seminar, students engage with others as they discuss their field site organization and professional challenges.

GTY 440P is for students who complete a practice-based internship

GTY 440R is for students who complete a research-based internship

Prerequisites: GTY 154, GTY 318, GTY 365, STA 261, SOC 262 and either GTY 362 or GTY 465

1-16 Credit Hours; Maximum 16

Maximum of four hours may be counted toward the gerontology minor.

GTY485: Long-Term Care in an Aging Society

Examines the major components of long-term care, critiques current approaches to delivering long-term care, examines future challenges, and discusses solutions for an aging society.

Prerequisites: GTY 154 or permission of the instructor

3 Credit Hours

GTY318: Social Forces and Aging

Examines the social forces that shape the diverse experiences of aging for individuals and the social structures in which they live. Particular emphasis is given to sociological issues such as age stratification, the life course, demographic change and its effects, and societal aging as a force in social change.

Prerequisites: GTY 154 or SOC 151 or SOC 153 or SOC/SJS 165 or SOC/DST/EDP 272.

Cross Listed with SOC

3 Credit Hours

GTY335: Disability and Aging

This course examines the experiences of disability and aging from a life course perspective, with an emphasis on the social construction of both disability and aging and their interaction. It identifies and examines issues of disability definition and measurement; individual and societal responses to disability and aging; and the outcomes of these responses for individuals, families, communities and society.

Prerequisite: GTY 154

Cross-Listed with DST

3 Credit Hours

GTY357: Medical Sociology

Sociological study of illness, patients, medical professionals, and problems inherent in the delivery of health care services.

Prerequisite: GTY 154 or SOC 151 or SOC 153

Cross-Listed with SOC

3 Credit Hours

GTY472: Race, Ethnicity and Aging

Examines aging among U.S. minority and ethnic groups. Topics include theoretical perspectives, demographics, economics, health, social support, public policy and service delivery systems, and the role of culture in adaptation to aging.

Prerequisite: GTY 154 or permission of the instructor

Cross-Listed with BWS

3 Credit Hours

GTY476: Environment and Aging

Examines the changing environmental experience of the older person from several theoretical perspectives. Topics include aging in urban and rural places, age-integrated and age-segregated settings, housing options and housing policy in the U.S., design and supportive technologies, and the cultural meaning of place.

Prerequisitie: GTY 154 or permission of the instructor

3 Credit Hours

GTY478: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Chronic Illness

Examines racial/ethnic disparities in chronic diseases through lecture modules and secondary data analysis of large-scale survey data. Lecture topics include biological, psychological, and social aspects of disease; clinical and self-management of the disease; and ethnic/racial disparities in health and health care access.

Prerequisites: GTY 154 or SOC 151, and STA261, SOC 262 or permission of the instructor

4 Credit Hours