Summer 2017 coursesSK_20140603_UF_untitled_0175



  • GMS 6099 Research Methods in Gerontology (online)

    Instructors: Christy Carter, Ph.D. & Robert Fieo, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    In this course, students will become proficient in critical assessment and understanding methods and study designs used in aging studies. This will enable the student to gain the ability to understand, gather information, and assess the quality of these studies. Special emphasis will be placed on instruction in understanding the basic content and construction of peer-reviewed journal articles. Several types of articles will be reviewed to include basic science/preclinical studies, concepts in care, and concepts in clinical research from a multidisciplinary and translational perspective.

  • GMS 6483 Theories of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Christy Carter, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    In this course learners will integrate, analyze and synthesize knowledge of multiple perspectives on aging to facilitate understanding of the role of members of an interprofessional team collectively engaged in providing care to older adults and apply these principles to their own practice.     

  • GMS 6484 Geriatric and Age Related Diseases (online)

    Instructor: Laurence Solberg, MD, AGSF
    Credits: 3
    This course provides an overview of the practice of providing care to geriatric populations.  This includes an understanding of common syndromes, conditions and diseases that are relevant to the quality of life in older adults.   

  • GMS 6486 Biology of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Shinichi Someya, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    This course will serve as an introduction to the biology of aging, focusing on the most important and fundamental concepts of aging that are common to most species, including rodents and humans. In this course, students will learn: major theories of biological aging, including the evolutionary theory of aging, neuroendocrine hypothesis of aging, and free radical theory of aging; the roles of the vital organ systems such as neuronal and immune systems and the key cellular programs, including apoptosis, stem cells/regeneration, protein homeostasis, DNA repair/damage, and telomeres in aging; and how the aging process can be delayed through pharmaceutical and genetic manipulation or calorie restriction.

  • GMS 6487 Environmental Modulation of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Rui Xiao, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    Aging is determined by both genetic factors and environmental factors. This course is mainly focused on how environmental factors modulate lifespan and healthspan by interacting with intrinsic genetic factors. In this course, learners will learn both general knowledge and mechanistic insights into what environmental factors modulate aging and how they act. Three major modules are covered in this course: (1) Gene-Environment interactions; (2) Pro-longevity environmental factors and their modes of action; and (3) Anti-longevity environmental factors and their modes of action.

  • GMS 6715 Healthy Aging: Behavioral and Clinical Outcomes (online)

    Instructor: Steven Anton, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    Behavior contributes significantly to health, well-being, and longevity. An abundance of research supports numerous behavioral guidelines for health promotion in older adults, including regular physical activity; the maintenance of appropriate weight; dietary intake of fruits, vegetables, and fiber, coupled with low consumption of saturated fats; moderate use of alcohol; and the ability to cope effectively with stress. Thus, the purpose of this course is to present an overview of effects of lifestyle interventions designed to promote health outcomes in older adults. The course will emphasize the role that specific lifestyle behaviors, particularly dietary intake and physical activity, have in promoting health and preventing disease. Behavioral approaches for conceptualizing and changing behaviors to improve health will represent the major focus of the course. While the primary focus of the course will be intervention at the individual and group level, we will also review public health approaches that focus on change at the community or organizational level, and we will touch upon the contributions of sociology, epidemiology, medicine, political science, and economics to understanding health and illness.

  • GMS 6717 Healthy Aging: Biological Outcomes (online)

    Instructor: Robert Mankowski, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    Building on the lifestyle interventions taught in Healthy Aging I, this course emphasizes the physiological effects of lifestyle interventions on older adults. Students will learn about adaptations of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and nervous systems in response to dietary and physical changes in a senior’s life.

  • GMS 6771 Clinical Neuroscience of Aging (online)

    Instructors: Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Ph.D. & Robert Fieo, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3
    Clinical Neuroscience of Aging is taught using a clinical science approach that examines the relationship between aging and change in cognitive and brain systems as they relate to clinical disorders. Overviews of modern clinical neuroscience methodology, clinical assessment, intervention strategies, functional neuroanatomy, and major cognitive systems will serve as a foundation for the student’s understanding of how the human brain changes with age. Discussion of major research articles and issues critical to the clinical neuroscience of aging will be used to develop critical thinking skills.

  •  GMS 6876 Law and Ethics of Aging (online)

    Instructor: Lauren Solberg, JD
    Credits: 3
    This course provides an overview of the legal and ethical challenges facing our society in terms of caring for an ever-aging population. This course will also provide a perspective on ethical and policy issues related to the conduct of clinical research. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify, analyze, and propose possible solutions to ethical and legal challenges that aging populations and their caregivers face.

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