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Policy Track Courses

Policy Track Courses

Core courses (21 credit hours)

  • Issues in Aging Policy (3 credits)
  • Epidemiology of Aging (3 credits)
  • Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
  • Sociocultural Gerontology (3 credits)
  • Theories/Methods I (3 credits) (taken first semester of first year)
  • Theories/Methods II (3 credits) (taken second semester of first year)

Research Methods/Statistics Courses Foundation (6 credits)

- waived with approval, based on sufficient prior graduate training; taken first year

  • Research Methodology (3 credits)
  • Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • or
  • Research Methodology (3 credits)
  • Statistical Analysis (3 credits)

Advanced analytical courses * (6 credits)

-preferably a qualitative and an advanced multivariate

  • Advanced Econometric Methods I /II (3 credits each)
  • Advanced Research and Evaluation Techniques (3 credits)
  • Statistical Applications in Evaluation Research (3 credits)
  • Sample Surveys (3 credits)
  • Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
  • Track Specialization Courses * (9 credits)

    • Policy Consequences of Economic Analysis
    • Policy Analysis of Aging Issues/Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis
    • Political and Social Context of the Policy Process
    • Economics of Aging (suggested) (3 credits)
    • Health Economics
    • Health Care Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Critical Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
    • Politics of Health (3 credits)
    • Global Aging and the Future of Social Insurance (3 credits)
    • Issues in Health Care Finance and Service Delivery (3 credits)
    • Work and Retirement (3 credits)
    • Aging and Health in Diverse Context (3 credits)
    • Aging and Social Policy (3 credits)
    • Social Welfare Policy (3 Credits)

    Electives (6 credits)

    Courses also selected from track courses, research and methods courses, or other courses in consultation with the faculty advisor.

    *Not all courses listed under Track and Electives are offered every year.
    **Required for policy track
    ***Two of these three courses, ECON 600, GERO 703/PUBL 603, PUBL 601, are required.

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