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Aging Institute Education and Training Resources for Students

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The need for new professionals seeking careers in aging research and geriatric care has never been greater. To foster the next generation of leaders in these fields, the Aging Institute offers interested students a variety of opportunities to learn more, including a summer experience for high school students.

Through its partnerships at the University of Pittsburgh, undergraduate students can participate in select Institute programs and presentations.

The Aging Institute regularly presents courses and special programs to students attending regional schools of nursing.

A graduate certificate in gerontology is available at the University of Pittsburgh. Employees of UPMC can apply for scholarship funding from the Aging Institute to pursue this certificate.

Available Education and Training Resources

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
In response to current and anticipated educational needs in the field of aging, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research and the Council on Aging established the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.

Through the College of General Studies, the graduate certificate program offers a broad range of coursework to appeal to professionals of diverse disciplines and from a variety of industries. The certificate program is for any professional who has obtained a bachelor’s degree and offers the opportunity to gain an enhanced understanding of gerontology theory and research.

Scholarship Details

Four scholarships will be rewarded. 

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Work with older adults or are looking to begin a career in the geriatric field
  • Must be a full-time employee at UPMC
  • Must have already obtained a Bachelor's degree
  • Must meet general admission criteria for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Program
  • Must be accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Program (Apply online)

Application Process:

Those meeting the above criteria and interested in applying for the scholarship must submit the following by July 1 to Jennifer Bissell at

  • A one page letter of intent that describes your financial need for the scholarship
  • Two letters of recommendation

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Please call 412-624-1019 with any questions.

Registration Information
For additional information on the program, how to register, or to sign up for an information session, contact

Jennifer K. Bissell, Program Coordinator
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
University of Pittsburgh
3343 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
FORBL Room 225
412-624-1019 phone
412-624-4810 fax

High School Students

Health Career Scholars Academy
Opening the door to careers in age-related fields

The Aging Institute takes the growing need for skilled geriatric professionals very seriously. To encourage young people to enter the field, the Aging Institute annually participates in the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Career Scholars Academy, a unique summer program for gifted high school students.

High school students from across the state, and beyond, spend four weeks examining critical issues and emerging career opportunities in health care.

Students who choose geriatrics concentration receive and in-depth look at the field from the staff and board members of the Aging Institute, whose members include some of the world’s leading researchers and clinicians in their disciplines. Hands on exercises and site visits to research centers introduce students to both the challenges and opportunities of geriatric care.

Students explore aging issues such as:

  • Chronic pain and mood disorders
  • Balance disorders
  • Falls and difficulty walking
  • Memory problems and dementia
  • Complex health problems affecting the elderly

For More Information

To learn more about the program, visit the Health Career Scholars Academy website or call 412-647-8129.