Geriatrics and Gerontology

Program Presentation

Due to the aging of the population and a higher quality of life, new social and health problems, and others as well, have begun to emerge.

Older people suffer more from diseases that are slower to develop, with a tendency to become chronic and cause increased dependence. This calls for new professionals to be knowledgeable about preventive, progressive and continuing care.

The Geriatrics and Gerontology Program aims to provide health science professionals with the necessary resources to manage the best social-health treatment for elderly people.

Who is the programme for?

The clear and diverse curricular design of the Geriatrics and Gerontology program is designed for:

  • Licensed professionals in Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational therapy, Social work, Sociology, Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, and Sociocultural, Economics and Law Entertainers
  • Other interested graduates.
  • Professionals without a degree that have experience and interest in the field of gerontology.

The Geriatrics and Gerontology program is an ideal addition to enrich undergraduate or graduate training for anyone interested in specializing in gerontology topics.


Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Geriatrics and Gerontology.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated duration for the completion of the Geriatrics and Gerontology program is 12 months.

Regarding the distribution of time it is established that:

  • As it is an online program, and it is not required to attend class, a specific start date is not indicated, which means that students may enroll at any moment, as long as there are available spaces.
  • For academic and learning purposes minimum duration of six months is required.
  • The maximum time limit to complete the program is 12 months. During this period, the student must have handed in all of the corresponding assignments.

The credit structure for the Gerontology program is summarized in the following table:

Subjects 45 9 450
Final course work 10 3 100
TOTAL 55 12 550

a. The equivalent of credits may vary according to the university that grants the degree
b. Duration in months


General objective:

  • To provide knowledge about evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention in the aging process, as well as to obtain the necessary tools to provide a better quality of life.

Specific objectives:

  • To acquire an overview of the different factors related to geriatrics and gerontology.
  • To learn about the different types of social programs (home care, tele-assistance, community services, socio-cultural programs, etc.).
  • To learn about the major gerontological syndromes, as well as the most common pathologies, rehabilitation, palliative care, etc.
  • to learn about programming intervention and quality management protocols in gerontology.
  • To become familiar with the legal, social, political, economic and architectural aspects related to senior citizens.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Geriatrics and Gerontology program are:

  • Professionals that wish to specialize in topics pertaining to senior citizens.
  • Professionals that act as advisors or consultants on economic, architectural or legal management topics at senior centers.
  • Community social services staff.
  • Clinical evaluator of aging processes.
  • Residences for the elderly.
  • Senior citizen Associations collaborators (Alzheimer, etc.)
  • Senior citizen classroom teacher.
  • Senior citizen NGO collaborators.

Study Plan

The Geriatrics and Gerontology program has a curricular structure based on two parts that aim to place the student in a real context through continued course updates.


The first part allows the student to know and comprehend the complexities of Geriatrics and Gerontology, from its basic, conceptual and historic theories, to its organizational, social and technological implementation.

The objective of the subjects is to help the students acquire a broad idea of Gerontology so they are able to master basic assessment, diagnosis and intervention in aging processes, and also acquire a vision of the multidisciplinary aspects in gerontological assistance.

The corresponding subjects and credits that make up the first part: Subjects are shown in the following table:

1 Introduction to Gerontology 5
2 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging 7
3 Nutrition and aging 7
4 Geriatric nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy 7
5 Geriatrics. Major geriatric syndromes. Dementias 7
6 Architecture and technical aids 7
7 Scientific research methodology applied to Gerontology 5

The last phase of the program is the fulfillment of the Final Project, which can be started after finishing the First Part: Subjects, because at that moment the student will have all the necessary elements to begin the assignment.

The objective is to present a complete document that shows the development of the proposed assignment, contemplating the possibility of its total implementation, according to the outlines and details of the Final Project presented. The assignment should be a contribution to some of the fields studied or something related, both theoretical and applied, respecting the doctrines, theories and related disciplines.


Academic Administration

  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Director of the Area of Health and Nutrition from the Ibero-American University Foundation. Researcher in Biochemistry and a teacher at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione
  • Dr. José A. De Paz Fernández. Doctor in Medicine, Professor of the Biomedical Science Department at the University of León.
  • Dr. Pilar Sánchez Collado. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr.(c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Assumpció Roset Elías. Coordinator of the Health Education Program for the School of the Education Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Dr. Carmen Sanchez Carazo. Magister in bioethics. Consultant to the Data Protection Agency of the Community of Madrid.
  • Dr. Consuelo del Moral Ávila. Professor at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. María del Pino Sánchez Hernandez. Doctor in Gerontology. Graduate Professor of the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Maria Dolores García Olalla. Professor of the Department of Psychology, Area of Evolutionary Psychology and Education at the University Rovira i Virgili.
  • Dr. María José González Caves. Doctor in Biology. Contracted Doctor Professor of the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of León.
  • Dr. Misericordia Camps Llauradó. Professor at the Department of Psychology, Area of Evolutionary Psychology and Education at the University Rovira i Virgili.
  • Dr. Nuria Garatachea Vallejo. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport. Assistant Professor Dr. Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Zaragoza.
  • Dr. Olga Molinero González. Doctor in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport. Degree in Teaching.Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León
  • Dr. Pilar Sanchez Collado. Doctor in Pharmacy. Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Ramona Rubio Herrera. Professor of Psychogerontology at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Sara Marquez Rosa. Professor of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León. President of the Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology .
  • Dr. Antonio Martos Martin. Graduate Professor of the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja (Spain). Coordinator of the area of Bioethics in Funiber.
  • Dr. (c) Lucibel Vasquez. Doctoral Candidate in Social Intervention by the University of Barcelona. Master in Psychogerontology by the University of Barcelona. Master's degree in Clinical Psychology by the University of San Martin de Porres in Lima.
  • Dr. (c) Lidia Henriques. Doctoral Candidate in Education. Mestrado em Palliative Care pro la Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Lisbon.
  • Dr. José A. De Paz Fernández. Doctor in Medicine. Professor of the Biomedical Sciences Department of the University of León.
  • Dr. Javier Gonzalez Gallego. Professor of Physiology at the University of León. Director of the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of León

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.