The graduate student must attend subjects totalizing 14 credits in mandatory subjects and at least 21 credits in elective subjects regulated by the Graduate Program in Gerontology Committee (PPGGero). The student along with his/her supervisor may choose the elective subjects.

Mandatory and Elective Subjects by research lines.

Mandatory Subjects

Title: Theoretical Foundations of Gerontology

Credits: 6 credits

Syllabus: Gerontology Basic Concepts. Present Philosophical Foundations. Analytic Philosophy and critical rationalism. Gerontology theoretical frameworks. Aging Biological Theories. Biomarkers. Aging Social Theories. Aging Physiological theories. Caring in Gerontology. Methodological aspects and interventional models in Gerontology.

Title: Research Methods applied to Gerontology

Credits: 8 credits

Syllabus: Science and Knowledge. Scientific Method: observation, hypothesis, experimentation, introduction, deduction, analyses and synthesis. Research Methods applied to Gerontology: quantitative, qualitative and mixed approaches. Scientific research steps and true experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental research models applied to Gerontology. Scientific evidence level.


Elective subjects - Health, Biology And Aging Research Line

Title: Mental Health and cognition

Credits: 6 credits

Syllabus: Kinds of research in cognition and mental health area. Mental disorder influences in cognitive analysis. Behavioral changes and cognitive decline. Associations and correlations between social support, environmental factors, cognition and mental health. Caretaker’s cognition and mental health. New instruments to cognition analysis. Therapeutic possibilities in mental health and cognition: where are we and where are we going to?

Title: Health, Aging and functionality

Credits: 6 credits

Syllabus: Updated health concepts related to the aging process. Public polices and aging. Protection, Prevention and health promotion strategies to promote successful aging. Concepts related to the aged person’s functional aspects. Analytical instruments of health conditions and functionality.

Title: Aging Biological Markers

Credits: 6 credits

Syllabus: Oxidative stress biological markers. Telomere and Telomarase. Senescence. Cancer biological markers. Aging immune system biological markers. Biological markers and hormones. Alzheimer’s disease biological markers. Biological markers and their relation to genetics. Musculoskeletal chronicle illness biological markers. Biological markers criteria for classification. Local and Systemic Biological Markers. Analytical Methods.

Title: Biostatistics

Credits: 6 credits

Syllabus: Data types and Types of variables. Data verification. Tabular and graphical presentation of data. Central tendency measures. Dispersion measures. Initial topics of sampling. Notions of probability. Binominal distribution. Normal distribution. Population parameters evaluation. t-Student distribution. Statistical Inference. Notions of correlation.

Title: Topics in Health, Biology and Aging

Credits: 8 credits

Syllabus: Health Knowledge production in Gerontology. Research projects in Gerontology. Thesis and Dissertation in Health and Gerontology. Analysis and Production of Papers in Health and Gerontology.


Elective subjects - Operation, technology and innovation research line

Title: Technology and innovation in Gerontology

Credits: 6 credits

Syllabus: Theories that substantiate the creation of new population aging paradigms and a new positive aging image. Older people technology usage and its conceptual challenges. Technology and environment conception for the independent life and older people’s social participation. Five areas of Gerontotechnology: Health; Communication and governance; Housing and daily activities; Mobility and transports; Work and Leisure.

Title: Organizational Operation in Gerontology

Credits: 6 credits

Syllabus: Reflections on operation functions of diverse organizational configuration in Gerontology. Analysis of opportunities and challenges related to senior public support networks. Planning and execution of services related to the aging processes. Studies and reflections on constitutional and infra-constitutional rights, rights to the city and attending to the elderly public policies. Financial analysis of balance, costs and value of money through time.

Title: Topics in operation, technology and innovation in Gerontology

Credits: 8 credits

Syllabus: Knowledge production in operation, technology and innovation in Gerontology. Operation, technology and innovation in Gerontology projects. Operation, technology and innovation in Gerontology Thesis and Dissertations. Operation, technology and innovation in Gerontology analysis and production of papers.

Title: Advanced Research Seminars in Gerontology

Credits: 8 credits

Syllabus: Knowledge production in Gerontology.