Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for NEW FRONTIERS IN GERONTOLOGY (309.608.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Integrates the results of recent research – from several disciplinary and institutional perspectives – on the pressing social and epidemiologic challenges to the health of aging populations. Leading scientists describe the goals and the outcomes of their research, and discuss with the students the process of translating their findings into policy and practical applications to improve the health of aging populations. Sessions address recent scientific advances against major threats to health and independence in later years, e.g., dementia, depression, poverty, frailty, acute conditions, social isolation, and terminal illnesses. Students participate in class discussions and write a paper about the potential for one recent advance to improve the health of members of aging populations.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Identify recent innovations that improve the health of older persons
- Describe the major factors that facilitate and impede the translation of gerontologic research findings into policy and practical applications
- Evaluate the potential for specific scientific discoveries to improve the quality of life of aging populations
Tue 3:30 PM to 5:20 PM
Students interested in conducting gerontologic research or applying scientific findings to improve the health of older populations
Grading Policy: class participation and final paper
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade