309.608.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 2 Credit(s)
T 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • 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 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.

  • Intended Audience

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

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: class participation and final paper

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.