Interdisciplinary Aging, Public Health, and Palliative Care Certificate Program

Enhancing the Health and Social Services Workforce

Principal Sponsors

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


  • Calvary Hospital, Inc.
  • LiveWell Institute

Program Description

This interdisciplinary workforce education and training certificate program provides generalist-level education in aging, public health and palliative care, including geriatrics and health policy and advocacy. The overarching framework of this virtual 2021 Spring course offering is public health, orienting the learning experience to the contexts and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 as well as elective concentrations in:

  • Humanistic Leadership, Service, and Activism
  • Public Health Law and Policy and Bioethical Issues
  • Geriatrics and Palliative Care
  • Community-based Services
  • Research to Shape Policy, Organizations, and Training


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


Educational, career advancement


The course requires regular attendance, 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, break-out groups
  • 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.

More Details

Spring 2022 Program Dates – TBD

Published by Anne Zimmerman

Anne Zimmerman is an attorney with an MS in Bioethics from Columbia University and Editor-in-Chief of the online journal, Voices in Bioethics. Her research and experience include healthcare policy, the right to refuse care, autonomy and rights, criminal justice reform, mass incarceration, corporate governance and shareholders’ rights, and nutrition with a focus on policy surrounding access to a healthy food supply. (profile)

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