April 16, 2020

We recognize that the COVID-19 situation is having an impact on all aspects of our lives. If you need to talk about your Aging Studies Minor, Gerontology Certificate or Dementia Certificate, please email me at [email protected].

Many of you interested in or enrolled in the minor or certificate programs are already working with older adults in some capacity and are experiencing additional challenges professionally.

Please see the Older Adults COVID-19 Community Resource Page for links to services for not only older adults, but for professionals and caregivers.

Be safe and take care of yourselves,

Aging Studies Program Faculty Affiliates


Aging is a universal reality and now is a great time to consider a program in aging studies. With the global population aging, not only are careers working with older adults expanding, but it is becoming more necessary to understand aging in business, technology and any work that involves the community and working with people.

Perhaps you witnessed a loved one age and discovered firsthand how critical specialized health care is for older adults, maybe you desire a career change to focus on issues that impact elders, or you may wish to support your professional knowledge with a degree in gerontology or dementia. Whatever the case, we are glad that you are considering a rewarding career that includes supporting the health and well-being of older adults.

If you study in our aging studies program, you will:

  • Learn the realities and myths associated with growing old
  • Approach aging from a life-course perspective
  • Engage with students and faculty that come from a variety of disciplines to develop a comprehensive knowledge of aging issues
  • Enhance your skill and abilities so that you can better work with and on behalf of the older adults
  • Why Study at Eastern

    Our programs not only provide you with a comprehensive understanding of aging issues, we will also support you to apply your knowledge in community settings with elders. Beyond that:

    • Our aging studies programs have a legacy of excellence that dates back to 1976
    • Our program is administered through a committee of faculty members from a variety of diverse, interdisciplinary backgrounds
    • Through individual advising and instruction, we provide you with consistent feedback and direction to help you meet and exceed your personal and professional objectives
    • We challenge you to become more person-centered, passionate and creative in your work
    • We develop and maintain dynamic community partnerships in the field of aging to provide you with relevant and applied learning opportunities.

    If you are interested in working alongside other professionals who have a passion for caring for elders, then we think you’d be a great fit for the aging studies program at EMU’s College of Health and Human Services.

  • Advising

    Minor Students

    Scheduling an appointment either before or after you declare your minor can be helpful as you plan your classes throughout your degree program. Advising can help you to determine which classes best fit your interests and schedule.

    Certificate Students

    As a part of the graduate school, certificate students need to develop a plan of study before graduation. Doing this sooner rather than later can help you plan out your academic schedule in advance.

    Advising Appointments

    Contact Cassandra Barragan at [email protected] to schedule an appointment. In-person and virtual appointments available.

Contact Us

Cassandra Barragan, Ph.D., MSW
Eastern Michigan University
206H Marshall Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

734.487.5823 | [email protected]

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  • Undergraduate minor
  • Two graduate certificates
  • Interdisciplinary program

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