Aging and Public Policy

(19 semester hours)


Life expectancy gains and the aging of the baby boomers are producing a growing older population; the aging of society has an impact on every aspect of our lives and on all of our social institutions. The development, implementation, and consequence of public policies about aging become increasingly important as the number and proportion of older people continues to grow.

Miami's minor in Aging and Public Policy is designed to educate students about complex social issues and equip them to respond with informed sensitivity to individual, family, community, societal, and global challenges of aging. The policy courses employ a cross-national comparative perspective to prepare students for our increasingly global society. Open to all majors, this multidisciplinary minors responds to the need of more individuals with knowledge about aging and public policy.


A minimum 2.0 g.p.a. is required for all courses in this minor. With the exception of GTY 440G Fieldwork in Gerontology, courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit). Students planning to take this minor should consult with the chief departmental adviser.


Department of Sociology and Gerontology
375 Upham Hall