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  • GMS 6483 Theories of Aging
    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
    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 6485  Population-Based Research on Aging
    Instructor: Todd Manini, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3

This course evaluates population-based research on aging that includes surveillance and epidemiology. The course will be geared toward population-based research on diseases of elders that include: neurodegeneration, dementia, pulmonary disorders, chronic kidney disease, musculoskeletal (arthritis), cardiovascular, and metabolic health conditions. The course is intended to act as a survey of the population-based research that estimates the prevalence, incidence, and risk factors of the most common health conditions associated with aging. The course will also evaluate how population-based research contributes to understanding physical and cognitive disabilities, and how this research is connected to health policies directed toward elders. Research design, case definition, and disease etiology are emphasized throughout the course. The student will develop competency in identifying and understanding the common chronic diseases of elders, population research terminology, and methodological concepts. The student will be expected to communicate current constructs in population-based research on aging using both written and oral forms. At the completion of this course, the student will be able to evaluate population-based research on aging and use these concepts in everyday practice.

  • GMS 6486 Fundamentals of Biological Aging
    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 6876 Law and Ethics of Aging
    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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