The Gerontology Multidiscipline Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is offered on a part-time basis through the School of Social & Community Services. Courses are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate students who are working in the field. Course work is scheduled on a staggered basis throughout each semester to enable students to realistically take more than one course per term. The certificate can be completed in one or two years. The program has three intakes per year. Tuition is payable per course at the time of registration. Upon acceptance, students may also elect to take one or several courses of interest without having to commit to completing the entire program.
The population of persons 65 years of age and older is increasing at a significant rate. The aging of Canada's baby boom generation is resulting in a growing demand for highly trained staff, possessing a holistic understanding of the aging process and the skills required to work effectively with older adults.
The Gerontology program is ideal for persons who are working with older adults in either community or institutional settings. Interprofessional collaboration, with students entering the program having diverse backgrounds in social, recreation and health fields, will be encouraged in the classroom. There is a strong focus on both theoretical and practical aspects of practice. Working from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to the study of aging, the certificate encompasses a wide range of topic areas relevant to persons working with or on behalf of older persons.
Student Success Story – Mohammad Azmat Latif
In 2010, I decided to upgrade my education and joined the Gerontology program at Humber College. Humber has a unique way of teaching and enhancing the confidence levels of its students, and each and every single one of the teachers/professors has an amazing teaching style.
During my study period at Humber, I got an email from a professor informing me about a job posting in India Rainbow Community Services of Peel. Even today, I am very thankful to her and that email, because ever since then I have been working with India Rainbow Community Services of Peel as an activity co-ordinator. While working, I have also been actively involved in the community. I am currently an active member (volunteer) of the Bramalea Community Health Centre and a volunteer for Cancer Research Project for South Asians.
I would like to say that a person can and should always strive to improve, and that there is no set age after which learning is not possible.
- A degree or diploma in a related field or equivalent experience working with older adults in the health/community and social services fields.
Showcasing Faculty: Mona J. Munro, MSW: Gerontology Multidiscipline Certificate
Mona Munro has been teaching in Humber’s Gerontology program for many years teaching Interpersonal Skills and Counselling with Older Adults at the Humber North Campus and more recently at Humber Lakeshore Campus. She is an experienced gerontological social worker who has honed her skills working in the community and at a major geriatric centre providing counselling, information and education to individuals and families, resolving family conflicts, coping with cognitive and physical impairments and planning for future care. She lends her insight to topics such as caregiver stress, helping families cope with their elderly relative living in the community, planning for placement of older persons in residential facilities and the adjustment issues for the resident and family that follow placement, crisis management, end of life issues and bereavement. She has been a guest speaker for various community groups, as well as television, radio and newspaper interviews. She is also an author of magazine and journal articles on aging.
|Course Name||Course Code||Offered|
|Gerontology and Diversity in Aging||GERN 5001||Fall|
|Interpersonal Skills and Counselling with Older Adults||GERN 5005||Summer|
|Mental Health and Working with Older Adults at Risk||GERN 5004||Winter|
|Physical Aging, Wellness and Promotion of Abilities||GERN 5003||Winter|
|Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging||GERN 5002||Fall|
|Social Policy and the Long-Term Care System||GERN 5006||Summer|