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Interdisciplinary Aging, Public Health, and Palliative Care Certificate Program

Enhancing the Health and Social Services Workforce


Principal Sponsors

  • Collaborative for Palliative Care
  • Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rochester 
  • Westchester Public Private Partnership for Aging Services


  • Calvary Hospital, Inc.
  • LiveWell Institute


Program Description

This interdisciplinary workforce education and training certificate program provides generalist-level education in aging, public health and palliative care, including geriatrics and health policy and advocacy. The overarching framework of this virtual 2021 Spring course offering is public health, orienting the learning experience to the contexts and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The course aims to build knowledge, capacity and generalist-level skills for those working in the aging, health and social services fields, and provides a foundational curriculum as well as elective concentrations in:

  • Humanistic Leadership, Service, and Activism
  • Public Health Law and Policy and Bioethical Issues
  • Geriatrics and Palliative Care
  • Community-based Services
  • Research to Shape Policy, Organizations, and Training


Non-credit bearing and non-NYS DOE-approved program; certificate documents completion and satisfaction of educational requirements of the program with a concentration 


Educational, career advancement


The course requires regular attendance, active participation in dialogues, and completion of a capstone project to earn the certificate. 

Pedagogical Modalities

  • Plenary lectures and panels: Common foundations
  • Discussions and participant presentations
  • Small groups: In-depth reading, break-out groups
  • Asynchronous individual mentoring (Oxford model): Individualized study and project development/execution

Eligible Participants

This program is recommended for all health care professionals, community-based workers, chaplains, and health care administrators from the US and internationally.

Spring 2021 Program Dates

  • Completion of the Certificate requires participation in THREE weekends, 9:00am - 8:00pm ET each day
  • March 19, 20, 21; April 23, 24, 25; June 4, 5, 6
  • Total hours over the three weekends is approximately 47.5, dependent on which concentration is attended


  • $25 per person per weekend
  • $75 all sessions
  • No refunds


  • Online via Zoom Meeting
  • If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, practice sessions can be arranged


Online Registration




Continuing Education Credits

Social Work
University of Rochester Medical Center, Center for Experiential Learning is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0005.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
The following Panel Presentations are accredited by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) :

  • Clinical, Legal, Ethical Considerations in Deliberative Democracy in Pandemics (April 23)
  • Reframing Aging: Public Health, Legal and Ethical Challenges in Combating Ageism and Addressing Needs of Older Women and Older People of Color (April 25)***
  • Legislative And Health Policy Advocacy On Behalf Of Vulnerable Populations (April 25)***
  • Adaptive Governance For Climate Change And Public Health (June 4)***
  • Immigration Advocacy: Perspectives Of Health Law, Psychology And Social Work (June 5)

***Co-Sponsored by the Aging and Public Health Section of APHA

For more information, or to register for CLE for these sessions, please visit: