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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences



Welcome to UNI Gerontology!

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Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of the issues associated with aging and the aging process. It is concerned with the psychological, sociological, behavioral, and other social aspects of aging.

Professionals in gerontology work in a variety of settings, including community organizations, government agencies, retirement communities, long-term care facilities, educational settings, research institutes, and business. Because the proportion of older adults in our society is increasing rapidly, there are many opportunities for careers in gerontology!

Students who choose a gerontology program at UNI have three options--- the Gerontology: Long term care administration major, the Gerontology: Social sciences major, and the Gerontology minor.


Consider Gerontology!

Career opportunities in gerontology are growing rapidly. Careers in the field of aging are expanding in diverse areas, including assisted living communities, retirement communities, senior activity centers, adult day centers, counseling services, and home health agencies. Furthermore, professionals can apply their specialties to helping older adults. For instance, travel agents, financial planners, and athletic trainers who have aging-expertise will be in demand for decades to come.

The program is administered through the School of Applied Human Sciences and coordinated by Dr. Elaine M. Eshbaugh ( Collaborating Gerontology faculty include:

  • Dr. Pat Gross
  • Dr. Gowri Betrabet-Gulwadi
  • Dr. Kris Mack
  • Dr. Angela Burda
  • Prof. Christy Kessens
  • Dr. Willliam Henninger
  • Dr. Gary Gute
  • Dr. Michael Fleming
  • Dr. Howard Barnes

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For answers to frequently asked questions about our program, click here.