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.
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Apr 2005|
- Innovative Master's degree program
- Interdisciplinary education
- Promotion of gerontological knowledge
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology