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Policy for the Elderly

The Policy track provides students with an understanding of the policy making process and the forces affecting it; the tools and concepts for analyzing policies; and an understanding of how to conduct research designed to inform policy. Students learn to apply this body of knowledge to policy issues in aging, including health and long term care, economic security, work and retirement, and housing.

Policy Track Courses

Core courses (21 credit hours) 

  • GERO 711 Biology of Aging (3 credits)
  • GERO 672 Issues in Aging Policy (3 credits)
  • GERO 681 Epidemiology of Aging (3 credits)
  • GERO 786 Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
  • GERO 700 Sociocultural Gerontology (3 credits)
  • GERO 750 Theories/Methods I (3 credits) (taken first semester of first year)
  • GERO 751 Theories/Methods II (3 credits) (taken second semester of first year)

Research Methods/Statistics Courses Foundation (6 credits) 

Waived with approval, based on sufficient prior graduate training; taken first year 

  • PUBL 600** Research Methodology (3 credits)
  • PUBL 604** Statistical Analysis (3 credits)

or

  • SOCY 600** Research Methodology (3 credits)
  • SOCY 604** Statistical Analysis (3 credits)

Advanced analytical courses * (6 credits) 

Preferably a qualitative and an advanced multivariate 

  • ECON 611/612 Advanced Econometric Methods I /II (3 credits each)
  • PUBL 605 Advanced Research and Evaluation Techniques (3 credits)
  • PUBL 607 Statistical Applications in Evaluation Research (3 credits)
  • SOCY 610 Sample Surveys (3 credits)
  • SOCY 619 Qualitative Methods (3 credits)

Track Specialization Courses * (9 credits) 

  • ECON 600*** Policy Consequences of Economic Analysis
  • GERO 703
  • /PUBL 603*** Policy Analysis of Aging Issues/Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis
  • PUBL 601*** Political and Social Context of the Policy Process
  • GERO 742 Economics of Aging (suggested) (3 credits)
  • ECON 652 Health Economics
  • LAW 516J Health Care Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • LAW 522J Critical Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
  • POLI 652 Politics of Health (3 credits)
  • PUBL 610E Global Aging and the Future of Social Insurance (3 credits)
  • PUBL 618 Issues in Health Care Finance and Service Delivery (3 credits)
  • SOCY 632 Work and Retirement (3 credits)
  • SOCY 698 Aging and Health in Diverse Context (3 credits)
  • SOWK 726 Aging and Social Policy (3 credits)
  • SOWK 800 Social Welfare Policy (3 Credits)

Electives (6 credits) 

Courses also selected from track courses, research and methods courses, or other courses in consultation with the faculty advisor.

*Not all courses listed under Track and Electives are offered every year.
**Required for policy track
***Two of these three courses, ECON 600, GERO 703/PUBL 603, PUBL 601, are required.

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