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Certificate in the Sociology of Medicine and Aging

The field of medicine and healthcare is projected to be a fast growing industry well into the 21st century. This growth is driven in part by the high proportion of the population that will be reaching retirement age and beyond in the coming years. By completing the Certificate in the Sociology of Medicine and Aging, you will develop special insight into the various intersections between medicine/healthcare and the aging process.

Required Courses

SOC 375 Medical Sociology (3)
SOC 355 Death and Dying (3)
SOC 644 Sociology of Aging (3)
SOCW 620 Spirituality and Aging (3)

Total Credit Hours: 12

The Certificate in the Sociology of Medicine and Aging is available on campus as well as online through the Virtual College. For more information, contact Dr. Pelgy Vaz (

Please Note: It is the responsibility of the student to inform the coordinator of the certificate program that he or she has completed the certificate requirements. Your certificate will not be awarded until you have completed the requirements and informed your coordinator of same. To ensure there is enough time to process your certificate, please inform your coordinator by the 21st day of the semester in which the certificate is to be awarded.

In order to verify certificate completion, the student must go into his/her TigerTracks account, where the unofficial transcript can be found. From the unofficial transcript available to students, copy and paste each course completed toward the certificate (with grade earned showing) into an e-mail to be sent to the coordinator of the certificate. The student's e-mail note to the certificate coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate earned, followed by the courses completed as documented from the unofficial transcript. In addition, please provide the name that you would like printed on the certificate - as in first name, with or without a middle initial, last name, or any variation of such, and your mailing address.

In summary, please e-mail your certificate coordinator with:

  • The certificate name.
  • The courses completed from your unofficial transcript.
  • Your name presented as you like for your certificate.
  • Your mailing address.
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