Minor in Leadership & Innovation in Aging Studies {23-24}

Leadership and Innovation in Aging Studies Minor

Leadership and Innovation in Aging Studies (LIAS) is a field of study that integrates several disciplinary perspectives on human aging, and includes social work, nursing, healthcare leadership, long-term care administration, psychology, innovations in aging, and biology. This degree prepares students for careers in healthcare, human services, senior support services/elder care facilities, research, and government organizations. Nurses, social workers, counselors, healthcare leaders, psychologists, business majors, life enrichment managers, and other healthcare professionals will also benefit from the degree in LIAS. The program explores the aging process of individuals and societies and encompasses the study of physical, mental, and social changes; the investigation of societal changes resulting from an aging population; and the application of this knowledge to policy and program development. In addition, student will learn to advance as communicators, innovative problem solvers, culturally sensitive and responsive leaders as they prepare to work in senior support services.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical perspectives in leadership and aging.
  • Analyze evidence-based research to inform data-driven decisions related to senior support/elder care.
  • Analyze the impact of diversity on the aging population.
  • Apply the leadership skills necessary for employment in a senior support/elder care setting.
  • Design innovative solutions to lead and serve in senior support services/elder care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to work with elderly populations in variety of health settings.
  • Assess policies related to aging and their influence on services and organizations at the local, national, and global level.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles in caring for the aging population.

Core Requirements ( 16 credits )

HSAD 400 Aging in the US: Introduction to Gerontology and Senior Support Care (3)
HSAD 401 Health Aspects of Aging (3)
HSAD 416 Healthcare Leadership & Management (4)
POL 416 Elder Law (3) or HSAD 422 Regulatory Management in Healthcare (3)
PSY 403 Adulthood and Aging (3)

Electives ( 9 credits )

Choose 9 credits from the following:

HLTH 305 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
HSAD 403 Health Informatics (3)
HSAD 417 Quality Management in Healthcare (3)
HSAD 421 Long Term Care Administration (3)
POL 470 Government Benefits (3)
NURS 352 End of Life Patient Care (3)
PSY 317 Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (3)
SW 411 Chemical Dependency (3)