Aging Services and Policy Curriculum

The curriculum at GSSW is always evolving based on community needs and changes in the field. Our curriculum remains responsive to trends through faculty involvement in national, state and local gerontology associations. We also stay connected to an active network of alumni who help shape the curriculum by serving as adjuncts, community advisors and field internship supervisors. The concentration curriculum will prepare you for advanced practice in aging services and policy. To see a full list of course descriptions, view the GSSW bulletin.

The minimum credits required for the MSW degree are 81 for Denver Campus MSW Program students and 54 for Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students. The concentration curriculum is made up of 45 credits, and the rest is comprised of the foundation curriculum. The table below shows a list of required and elective class offerings for the Aging Services and Policy concentration.

Curriculum plans are subject to change year over year.

Area Requirements Course Offerings
Theory for Practice (3 credits required) Evolving Perspectives & Trends in Aging
Methods/Skills (9 credits required) Assessment of Mental Health in Adults
Leadership and Supervision Skills
Integrated Health Care: Models and Practice
Assessment and Interventions in Aging
Wellness Prevention and Interventions Across Life Span
Existential Social Work
Social Work Practice in Health Care
Mind-Body Connections in SW Practice
Grief and Loss Across the Life Span
Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) Aging Policy
Research (3 credits required) Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs
Electives (12 credits required)

Theories and Practice of Family Systems
Evolving Perspectives and Trends in Health and Wellness
Community and Organizational Change: Theories for Practice Policy and Programs Advocacy
Health Care Policy
Advanced Skills for Working With Military Families
Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
Interpersonal Approaches to Counseling
Trauma Informed Assessment and Intervention
Interventions for Responses to Trauma
Social Work With Adult Groups
Suicide Assessment & Interventions

Students may take elective courses in any of the concentrations. Students may take up to 10 elective credits from other DU graduate programs with approval of advisor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Certificate students will use elective slots to fulfill certificate requirements.   

Internship (12-15 credits)

    Community internship at an organization that specializes in Aging Services and Policy. Learn more about field education.

    Capstone (0 credits)  Capstone Project


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