Gerontology, Concentration in Interior Design
As the demographics of the United States, and the world, increasingly shift toward an older population, a need to understand implications of the built environment on the quality of life of older individuals exists.
The aging population represents a rapid increase in the number of people 65 years of age and older from 39.6 million in 2009 to 72.1 million in 2030 (based on data from the US Administration on Aging (2010).) This focus has brought an increased awareness on the impact the built environment has on individuals and their health.
This combination of gerontology and interior design provides a specialized area of focus that complements a broader graduate degree or offers a mid-career professional a more focused understanding of the relationship between the design of an environment and its aging occupants. Who should consider this program?
- M.A. students in gerontology
- M.S. students in interior design and architecture
- Professionals desiring additional credentials or certification, such as:
- senior housing professionals
- interior designers
- government services administrators
- hospital and nursing administrators
- health care workers
- code officials
Tuition & Fees For Gerontology: Interior Design
The graduate certificate program requires application and acceptance into:
- UNO Graduate Studies Graduate Admission and;
- UNO Graduate Certificate Program (this applies to UNL and UNMC students also)
Call 402.554.2272 if you would like a brochure and paper application.
For more information, please contact:
Julie L. Masters, Ph.D. - University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Department of Gerontology
310 Nebraska Hall - 901 North 17th Street Lincoln, NE 68588-0562
402-554-3953 (UNO) and 402-472-0754 (UNL)
Get additional information including admission requirements and deadlines.
Program & Courses
The cooperative certificate program in gerontology and design is offered through UNO and is a collaboration between:
- University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Gerontology and,
- University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Architecture Interior Design Program
Requires the completion of 18 credit hours of courses.
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- Gerontology courses (15 credit hours)
- Practicum course (3 credit hours)
Previous aging-related professional experience may fulfill up to 1/2 of the practicum requirement.
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