Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The experience


Online learning

As a student at a school committed to professional, continuing and executive education, you’ll have access to high-quality online education tools – all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Your virtual classroom is academically robust and designed to prepare you for competition in your field. You will expand your skills and knowledge via innovative technologies like webinars, podcasts and moderated discussion forums.

Why study online?

The online learning environment has been carefully devised by expert academics, alongside learning designers and technology specialists, to facilitate an interactive and flexible student experience.

At the University of Melbourne, you will have access to the best minds and a dynamic peer group. Throughout the course you will be able to engage closely with fellow online students and share your knowledge with each other.

Gain access to the highest levels of support

From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the technical support you need.

Don’t be surprised if you learn our student support team members by name – they are dedicated, personal and friendly and they understand that every student experience is unique. If a challenge arises, they’ll do everything in their power to assist you so that you can continue to have an excellent learning experience.

Our online student support consultants can assist with:

  • Enrolment and subject assistance
  • Administrative logistics and fee options
  • Technical support, regular health checks, and technical support during live webinars
  • Online learning skills and workload management
  • Special circumstances.

Who you will learn from

  • Dr Tim Adair, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • Dr Cate Bailey, Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • Associate Professor Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer Social Work
  • Dr Ros McDougall, Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • Dr Tessa Peasgood, Senior Lecturer in Health Economics and Economic Evaluation, Melbourne School of Population  and Global Health
  • Professor Alan Pert, Professor of Architecture, Melbourne School of Design
  • Dr Jenny Waycott, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Systems
  • Associate Professor Cathy Said, Associate Professor of Physiotherapy, Western Health Physiotherapy
  • Dr Alice Rota-Bartelink, Curriculum Development Lecturer, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • Dr Ali, Barr, Coordinator, Capstone (MPH and MoA) and Honours, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

Nursing specialisation

Our Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (Nursing) will prepare you with specialist level knowledge and skills to understand and respond to the unique needs and complexities of caring for older people within an inter-professional practice context.

The course comprises of four core subjects that address physiological changes that occur with ageing, mental health challenges common in later life and principles of advanced health assessment of the older person. You will gain the knowledge and skills to assess and respond to the health care needs of the older person in hospital, residential care, and homebased settings.