Masters in Human Services - Health Care & Gerontology

Online, In-Class
or Blended?
Online, In-Class or Blended?

Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Human Services - Health Care & Gerontology

Course Length: 7 Weeks
Total Credit Hours: 33
Cost Per Credit Hour: $475


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services - Health Care & Gerontology program consists of 33 credit hours and provides insightful information about our aging population and how best to serve them. No previous health care experience or degree is required for the graduate program. Program coursework provides a comprehensive education to work with older adults and the challenges both older adults and society as a whole currently face or will confront in the future.

Students will learn:

- The various aging processes and accompanying challenges.
- The numerous laws and policies in place to protect older adults.
- The diverse spiritual practices prevalent in today’s society.
- The variety of service offerings and how to secure needed financial assistance.
- How to research and apply for grant funding for a program or project.
- How to protect vulnerable adults against abuse and fraud.
- How to market products and services to this growing population.

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Public Policy and Aging

This course examines social policy in both the United States and Minnesota specifically, looking at the current major issues affecting older adults such as income security and health care financing. Programs mandated by the Older Americans Act are explored. The process of how a health care bill becomes law will be researched.


Health & Phys Characteristics

This course examines the physical process of aging and the physiological changes that accompany the aging process, relating these to the social and economic factors that affect health status and independent living. Students will study the characteristics of age-related diseases such as Alzheimer


Spirituality and Aging

This course explores and examines issues around spirituality and faith, to promote the lives, health, and spiritual well-being of older adults of all faiths and cultures. Faith is important to older adults; understanding the various practices of our diversified community is necessary to serve them and meet their needs. Inviting various clergy from our community would be an enhancement to this course.


Diversity in Health Care

Students use literature, interviews and class discussion to explore the values, beliefs, customs and perceptions represented in various kinds of diversity affecting social and economic life. Students explore the obligations and implications of equal opportunity in organizations while they develop organizational strategies to benefit from diversity.


Program Dev & Service Delivery

Students will gain an understanding of the structural problems that underlie the challenges in using formal services. The course will cover a wide range of services that older people may need, both formal and informal services, service coordination and integration, and the role of both consumer directed and professional case management in negotiating service systems. Types of care facilities would also be discussed: memory care, assisted living, home care, and long-term care.


Research Methods

Introduce students to qualitative research methods within the context of aging. Quantitative research will look at methodologies and technologies of social science research emphasizing the diversity in our aging population.


Marketing to Older Adult

This course examines marketing principles as applied to aging services organizations, and learning about the distinctive concepts and objectives for this demographic. Students will examine varied cultures and learn to apply marketing concepts based on their target audience and product.


Professional Ethics

Students will gain an understanding of the roots of ethical practice and consider moral behavior in light of a changing and diverse society and the complicated issues of modern science and technology. This course examines abuse and neglect in its various forms, the signs and symptoms, reporting requirements, and how those working with older adults, as mandated reporters, can work with Adult Protective Services and the other legal, medical, and community agencies that deal with this difficult and complex issue.


Grant Writing and Fundraising

This course offers students an opportunity to develop skills in fundraising. It will include reviewing successful grants, researching grant opportunities, the grant writing process, assembling documentation, managing and evaluating a grant, and reporting procedures. Processes for both for-profit and nonprofit will be compared.


Economic Issues in Aging Pop

This course will look at the economic issues surrounding aging population. Examining projections and trends, students will analyze the elements in our society that play important roles in providing people with income and health security, which are currently hot topics in both our Federal and State governments. Medicare and Medical Assistance, social security, private pensions, and long-term care insurance are examples of topics to study. The course looks at how public policy effects different populations such as minorities and women with discussion on how to revamp our system across the generations


Master's Thesis

Thesis or Project related to their specific field of interest.


1. Apply Online

2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

4. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in a graduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Start Dates

Fall 2014 Term

Start Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Wednesday
Class Time: 7-8 p.m. CST