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Certificate Program

Interdisciplinary Aging, Public Health, and Palliative Care Certificate Program

Enhancing the Health and Social Services Workforce



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

Collaborative Partners

  • Calvary Hospital, Inc.

Program Description

This interdisciplinary workforce education and training certificate program provides generalist-level education in aging, public health and palliative care, including geriatrics, gerontology, social work, psychology, health policy and advocacy, and pastoral and spiritual care. The overarching framework of this virtual course offering is public health and palliative care, orienting the learning experience to the contexts and challenges presented by serious or chronic illness and death or dying, as well as pandemics, disasters, migration, and humanitarian crises. 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 in the following knowledge areas:

  • Humanistic Leadership, Service, and Activism
  • Public Health Law and Policy, including Palliative Care and Bioethical Issues
  • Geriatrics and Palliative Care
  • Gerontology and Gerontological Social Work
  • Community-based Research to inform Community Services
  • Climate Change, Pandemics, Humanitarian Crises, Migration and Psychosocial Care


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


  • Educational
  • Career advancement


  • Regular attendance at all sessions (exceptions can be made with prior approval),
  • 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, discussion of case-studies
  • 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.


  • Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD, Director
  • Thomas V. Caprio, MD, MPH, MS, Co-Director
  • Beverly D. Carter, DM
  • Christopher Comfort, MD
  • John Dow, JD
  • Bruce Jennings, MA
  • Melissa Lang, DrPH, MPH, MPA, MA
  • Ann Leonhardt-Caprio, DNP, RN, ANP-BC
  • Frederick J. Wertz, PhD
  • Faculty Bios

2024 Program Dates

  • Weekend 1: Saturday January 20 and Sunday January 21
  • Weekend 2: Saturday February 17, Sunday February 18, and Monday February 19
  • Weekend 3: Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10
  • Weekend 4: Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24
  • Weekend 5: Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14

Program Times

  • Saturdays: 8am - 6pm ET
  • Sundays: 8am - 4pm ET
  • Monday (only 2/19): 8am - 4pm ET


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