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The 18-credit Certificate in Population Aging is designed to provide essential skills in addressing the needs of older adults.

Population Aging Certificate

The Certificate will train a new generation of scholars, advocates, and community leaders to develop and implement creative and innovative public health programs and policy solutions to align with our nation’s changing demographics.

The Population Aging Certificate is Intended for:

  • Public health students in disciplines other than population aging;
  • Professionals who plan to work or are already working in the health and helping professions (e.g., counselors, dentists, hospital administrators, nurses, nutritionists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, etc.); and
  • Those who are interested in human rights, social justice, advocacy, equity, policy, and the law.

Program Design

You can complete the Population Aging Certificate in two to three semesters, or you can plan a schedule for completing the courses over a two-year period (maximum timeframe). The late afternoon/evening schedule and online course offerings makes it convenient to continue working or gain experience while earning your Population Aging Certificate. The Certificate courses may also be applied toward a degree at the Rutgers School of Public Health depending on the degree program and concentration. Certificate holders must apply and be admitted to the degree program.

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Curriculum Requirements (18 credits)

  • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • PHCO 0505 - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • IDST 5300 - Introduction to Gerontology (3 cr.)
  • HBSP 0603 - Mental Health and Aging (3 cr.)


Choose one of the following two:

  • HBSP 0601 - Aging in World Cities (3 cr.)
  • IDST 5320 - Social and Healthcare Policy for the Older Adult (3 cr.)


Choose one of the following two:

  • HBSP 0624 - Population Health and Public Policy (3 cr.)
  • HBSP 0652 - Program Planning and Evaluation (3 cr.)

Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health may transfer up to six (6) credits towards a certificate program if earned within the past seven years with a grade of B or better and are deemed appropriate by the respective Certificate Program Coordinator.


Tuition is governed by Rutgers University and is subject to change without notice. Confirm current Rutgers School of Public Health’s Tuition & Fees

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Completed an accredited undergraduate program in the U.S. or its equivalent;
  • Demonstrated academic achievement in an appropriate discipline; and
  • Academic credentials at least equivalent to those required for the MPH program.

Applicants must submit:

  • Application for Admission;
  • Official Transcripts of all prior work;
  • Letter of Intent, including statement of purpose for application to the program;
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation; and
  • Application Fee.

International applicants must submit:

  • TOEFL scores and WES evaluations.