Developing an interdisciplinary innovative master of gerontology program

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Abstract

Purpose: This study describes the goals, development, and outcomes of an innovative, interdisciplinary, Master of Gerontology department, one of two programs in Israel developed to answer Israel's needs for highly educated researchers and practitioners. Design: Key program components reflecting the program's innovative nature are described: (a) level of development and promotion of knowledge; (b) goals; (c) influence; and (d) patronage. Results: An interdisciplinary faculty and student body both report a high satisfaction level, involvement, and the obtainment of wide knowledge bases in gerontology and geriatrics. The number of candidates for the program increases each year. A new unique program for physicians has evolved, with strong support from the University of Haifa, the Council for Higher Education in Israel, and key service organizations for the elderly population. Implications: Such a program enhances the level of professional leadership in the field of aging, and it expands the cadre of academic faculty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-261
Number of pages7
JournalThe Gerontologist
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2005

Keywords

  • Innovative Master's degree program
  • Interdisciplinary education
  • Promotion of gerontological knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology

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