Built upon the solid tradition of excellence, Johns Hopkins University offers a Certificate on Aging and now an Advanced Certificate on Aging. The non-credit certificate is designed for those who work with aging adults and their families — clergy, financial planners, lawyers, nurses, social workers, volunteers, and work/life planners. The interdisciplinary program draws upon the University’s rich resources and offers students from a variety of disciplines the opportunity to broaden their professional training.

The Certificate on Aging Program is administered by the Johns Hopkins Odyssey Program, with the assistance of an interdisciplinary Advisory Board. Interested persons should contact the Odyssey Program at 410-516-7428 or odyssey@jhu.edu for more information on the program, courses, and matriculation.

Continuing Education Credits

Need Continuing Education Credits? We offer the opportunity for Maryland licensed social workers, professional counselors, and therapists to earn continuing education credits needed to maintain licensure. All courses are open for individual enrollment. Students can choose topics most beneficial to them.

  • Courses are approved for category 1 credit for CEUs as defined by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Courses are approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for Category A credit.

Admission

The Program is open to any interested adult. Prospective students may apply anytime throughout the year. To receive the Certificate on Aging, students must matriculate in the program. Contact us at 410-516-7428 or odyssey@jhu.edu for more information on the program, courses, and how to begin.

Coursework

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate on Aging, students must matriculate in the program (register by phone or online), complete four required courses and four elective courses. There are no tests or grades, but participants must attend 75 percent of all classes. In addition to the course work, to receive the Advanced Certificate on Aging, a Capstone Project must be completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Click here for a list of current courses offered or course descriptions.

Required Courses

  • Biological Aspects of Aging
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Growing Old in an Aging Society
  • Public and Private Programs for the Elderly

Electives

  • Adult Children and Their Aging Parents: Intergenerational Issues
  • Aging and the Brain
  • Counseling, Care Management, and Older Adults
  • Ethical Issues and the Elder Caregiver
  • Holistic Approaches to Health and Aging
  • Legal Issues and the Elderly
  • Lifelong Vibrancy™
  • Long Term Care: Policies and Programs
  • Redefining Aging: Successful Aging and Caregiving
  • Substance Abuse Among the Elderly

Capstone Project

In order to earn Johns Hopkins Advanced Certificate on Aging, completion of a Capstone Project is required in addition to the coursework required for the Certificate on Aging. A culminating capstone project gives students the opportunity to explore independently a topic of their choosing under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Once a student matriculates, he/she is sent a capstone application and guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Core and elective courses have been constructed for individuals in a broad range of disciplines working with older adults. Students have included caregivers, clergy, financial planners, lawyers, nurses, social workers, volunteers, and work/life planners.

The Certificate on Aging provides official Johns Hopkins University recognition of a student’s completion of multidisciplinary coursework on issues related to aging. It is a great way to enhance your skills and resumé and may be beneficial to the student either in securing employment, expanding promotional opportunities, or in facilitating admission to further study.

Both programs offer an opportunity to enhance your qualifications and resumé. Our certificate program is shorter than a degree program and teaches skills in specialized areas. There is no lengthy admissions process, and all coursework is focused on an area of interest to you. There are no tests or grades with the certificate courses.

The program is designed to meet the needs of working adults. Our sessions usually meet on weekday evenings, 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and occasionally Fridays or Saturdays during the day.

Most students take one or two courses per session, completing the certificate program in two to four years. To receive the Certificate on Aging, students must matriculate in the program (register online or by phone – no fee involved), complete four required courses, four elective courses. To receive the Advanced Certificate on Aging, a capstone project must be completed in addition to the coursework.

We estimate the program will cost approximately $2500 in tuition and fees.

No. However, you may choose to apply for a student loan through a private lending agency or tuition remission through your employer.

Admission to individual courses is open to any interested adult.

Courses are approved for category 1 credit for CEUs as defined by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners and Category A credit by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.

Program admission is open to any interested adult. Interested persons should contact the Odyssey Program Center at 410-516-7428 or odyssey@jhu.edu for more information on the program, courses, and matriculation.

Because this program is non-credit, courses are ungraded. However, participants must attend 75 percent of all classes in order to receive the Certificate and must complete a capstone project to the satisfaction of a faculty reviewer in order to receive the Advanced Certificate.

The capstone gives students the opportunity to explore independently a topic of their choosing under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Once students matriculate, they are sent a capstone application form and guidelines. Past capstones are available for review in the Odyssey office.

Audience Menu