About The Course
Welcome Message

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Learning Objectives

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

Course Time

Tue   3:30 PM to 5:20 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

Students interested in conducting gerontologic research or applying scientific findings to improve the health of older populations

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: class participation and final paper

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Ethel Poplovski
E-mail: epoplovs@jhsph.edu