Social Gerontology

Program Presentation

Gerontology is a scientific discipline which aims to study the phenomenon of aging as part of the development of the life cycle as one grows toward old age. We cannot forget that gerontology includes diverse areas of knowledge: social and economic problems caused by the increasing number of older people in the population, psychological aspects of aging, the physiological basis of aging and general biological aspects of aging. All these aspects are discussed in this program. These are all necessary, if not more, for all those professionals that have daily contact with older people.

Who is the programme for?

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

  • Licensed professionals in Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Sociology, Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Social-cultural organizers, Economy, Law.
  • Other interested Licensed / Graduate professionals.
  • Professionals that are not university graduates yet have experience and interest in the field of Gerontology.

The Social Gerontology program is an ideal complement to enrich undergraduate or postgraduate training for anyone interested in specializing in geriatric subjects.


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

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

Program Structure

Estimated duration for the completion of the Social Gerontology Program is 12 Months.

Regarding study time allocations, it is established that:

  • Being an Online Program and not being subjected to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that the student can enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • For academic and educational reasons it is required a minimum Program attendance of at least 6 Months.
  • Maximum time limit to complete the course is 12 Months. During this period of time, the student must submit all corresponding course evaluations.

The credit structure for the Social Gerontology Program is as follows:

Subjects 45 9 450
Final Course Work 10 3 100
TOTAL 55 12 550

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that awards the degree.
b. Length in months.


General objective:

  • To learn the basic processes on the psycho-social aspects and the planning of social services for older people.

Specific objectives:

  • To acquire a global vision of the different factors related to gerontology.
  • To learn about the different types of social programs (help at home, Tele-assistance, community services, socio-cultural activities etc.).
  • To learn about the programming of intervention and quality management protocols in gerontology programs
  • To learn to master the multidisciplinary character of gerontology care.
  • To internalize the processes to be followed in comprehensive gerontology assessment.

Career Opportunities

Some of the Career Opportunities for Social Gerontology are the following:

  • Professionals who wish to specialize in topics pertaining to the elderly.
  • Professionals who act as advisors or consultants on issues of economic management, architectural or legal centers for the elderly.
  • Community Social Services staff
  • Geriatric Clinical Evaluator.
  • Workers in Residential Centers for the Elderly.
  • Collaborators in Elderly Associations (Alzheimer's disease, etc.)
  • Teacher.for Seniors
  • Collaborator in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) for the elderly.

Study Plan

The Social Gerontology Program has a curricular structure based on two parts that seek to place the student in a real context by periodically and progressively updating the course.


The first part allows the student to know and understand the complexities of the field of Gerontology, from its conceptual, historical, and theoretical foundations to its organizational, social, and technological implementation.

The courses aim to get students to acquire a global view of Gerontology so that they are able to master basic techniques of assessment, diagnosis, and intervention in the aging process and have an overall vision of the multiple disciplines related to gerontological care.

The corresponding subjects and hours that comprise Part 1: Subjects are as follows:

1 Introduction to Gerontology 5
2 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging 7
3 Intervention Programs for Seniors 7
4 Planning and Organization of Social Services for Seniors 7
5 Social Policy for Seniors 7
6 Bioethics and Legal Aspects for the Elderly 7
7 Scientific Research Methodology as applied to Gerontology 5
  TOTAL 45

The last phase of the program consists of a Final Project which can be started prior to the end of Part 1: Subjects, since at that time the student will have developed the knowledge needed to begin work on the project.

The purpose is to submit a paper that shows the total scope of the proposed project, and the possibilities of its specific implementation, according to the guidelines and details of the Final Project. The work must make a contribution to field or related topics, both theoretical and applied.

1 Final Project 10


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.