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Health Issues for Aging Populations

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Did you know: Life expectancy worldwide more than doubled between 1900 and 2000? In 1900, adults 65 years and older numbered 3 million and represented 4% of the population in the United States. By 2030, older adults are expected to number more than 71 million, and to account for 1 in every 5 people living in the United States. This class will consider the question: What are the consequences of striking and unprecedented gains in expected life: for individuals, families, and society?
Organizes three modules that explore: (1) cross-cutting social and policy implications of aging societies (demography, socially defined roles and expectations, disability dynamics and trends, housing and the built environment, disparities in aging), (2) clinical issues in aging (aging and geriatric medicine, chronic care, long term care delivery, and death and dying), and (3) financial consequences for individuals and society (financing of health and long-term care, retirement and economic security, sustainability of entitlement programs).
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify determinants of population aging and consequences for individuals and society
  2. Analyze conceptual frameworks and measures used in the field in gerontology
  3. Critique seminal and current readings in gerontology
  4. Explain policy programs, financing considerations, and workforce issues that pertain to meeting economic, health, and social needs of aging societies
  5. Apply concepts covered in this course to one or more contemporary aging-related issues
  6. Demonstrate command of knowledge on contemporary aging issues
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Quizzes
  • 30% Final Paper
  • 20% Final Presentation
  • 10% Participation