The Courage to Care
To our UNO and UNL graduates and your families, thank you for the privilege of educating you during this unprecedented time. Your determination and grit has carried you through to the end. From the Faculty, Staff and Advisory Board of the Department of Gerontology, well done!
To our students returning to classes in the fall, we look forward to seeing you face to face soon. We are in this together now and in the future.
With the increased concern about the health and safety of older adults, now is an important time to expand your knowledge about working with the older adult population!
The motto of DHHS is “Helping People Live Better Lives,” and this is what APS Specialists are doing every day. In Nebraska in 2019 there were 2,565 investigations of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Thirteen percent (339) resulted in substantiated findings. We want to thank APS for having the CourAGE to care for Nebraska's vulnerable adults!
To our students, alums, and community partners serving elders at home, senior living, memory support, and nursing homes--Thank you for having the Courage to Care in the midst of COVID-19. You are HEROES to us all.
The department of Gerontology wishes to thank the visionary local employers, including the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, who have hired our graduates.
Since 1972, the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) has been educating students about aging issues. Students and faculty use a multidisciplinary approach to discover the many issues and opportunities facing our world’s rapidly increasing aging population, including independence, health changes and end-of-life planning.
Now, more than ever, our society is daring to pull back the curtain and shine a light on this final phase of life. Call it compassion. Call it sensitivity. Or just call it Gerontology. It’s more than just studying a phase of life. It’s a way of life.
Programming is available in Omaha, Lincoln, and Online. Education paths include a certificate or minor, a BS, MA or PhD in Gerontology. If you have the courage to care, we have on campus and online options to help you develop as a professional to work in this field of the future.
- Certificate with a concentration in Interior Design
- Master of Arts in Social Gerontology (non-thesis track)
- Master of Arts in Social Gerontology (thesis track)
- Dual Program in Gerontology & Law
- PhD in Gerontology
Pioneers in the Field of Gerontology
The department conducts relevant research in conjunction with local and federal agencies that serve the public and its changing needs. Research areas include end-of-life planning, aging prisoners, resiliency and public policy.
Practical Learning in the Omaha Metro Area
Practicums allow our students a chance to gain real-life experience working with aging adults and their families. Several of our courses offer service-learning opportunities that extend the study of gerontology beyond the classroom.
Leading Provider of Gerontology Education in Nebraska
Housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building on the UNO campus and in 310 Nebraska Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) campus, the Department of Gerontology is a proven, valuable campus resource and the primary provider of gerontology education in the university system.