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.
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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)
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.
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