The aging of Israel's population, as well its rising life expectancy, have created a pressing need for trained professionals who will address the unique needs of this group and their families. To this end, the Master's program in Gerontology was inaugurated at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Faculty of Health Sciences in 1999.

The Program, which now operates through the Department of Public Health, has the following missions:

  • To train researchers, and experts in care, as well as managers of institutions and organizations that provide services for the elderly.

  • To serve as a resource for consultation and sounding board for innovation to professionals in the field, through assessment of community and institutional services, and through interventions in various social and health issues.

  • To be a home for research, education and services on the topic of aging in collaboration and cooperation with the community.​

Watch a video about the program (in Hebrew)



     The Study Program

     The curriculum is multi-disciplinary and covers a range of topics, such as the biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of the aging process; quality of life; special topics in clinical care, including diagnosis, evaluation and intervention; and eldercare policies and systems.

     Students may choose one of three tracks towards an MA degree in Gerontology:

·         Case management (clinical)

·         Administration/management

·         Research track

     Students in the case management and the administration/management tracks complete 120 hours of guided fieldwork in the community and at institutions, in addition to core and elective coursework. 

     For more information (in Hebrew)