Mission, Goals, and Employment | Gerontology | SIU

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Mission, Goals, and Employment


The mission of Southern Illinois University’s Gerontology Program is to provide instruction, promote interdisciplinary research, and offer services that advance an understanding of gerontology. The program seeks to attract and educate students who will become leaders in both academic and applied settings in order to improve the quality of life for older individuals and their families in Illinois, the United States, and the world.

The Gerontology Program facilitates interdisciplinary research in aging and fosters a strong connection with community partners in Southern Illinois to ensure that aging-related knowledge is disseminated throughout Southern Illinois communities.


  • To provide a broad based understanding of aging and aging related issues in today’s society.

  • To enhance the development of skills needed to work effectively with the older population.

  • To promote the delivery of services within an integrated team concept.

  • To enhance the marketability of students who desire to work with the older population.

  • To promote research designed to enhance the understanding of issues related to aging.

Employment Opportunities with this Certificate

Employment can be found in community-based programs, mental health programs, independent living centers, aging programs, and research facilities. Positions may be found in:

List of Positions in Gerontology

  • Social Service

  • Home Health Services

  • Mental Health Services

  • Rehabilitation Services

  • Fitness/Recreation Programs

  • Therapeutic Activities Programs

  • Hospital/Healthcare Facilities

  • Senior Community Centers

  • Law Offices

  • Adult Education Programs

  • Governmental Agencies

  • Profit/Non-profit Organizations

Careers in aging can be found on-line at Association for Gerontology in Higher Education: https://www.aghe.org/