Online Gerontology Courses

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Online Courses Offered by the American Society on Aging and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

The University of Southern California, home to the oldest and largest school of gerontology in the world, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and ASA have joined forces to offer an opportunity (exclusively available to ASA members) to take online gerontology courses in a convenient, affordable and safe online format. 

There are more than 46 million people age 65 and older living in the U.S. today. Between 2020 and 2030 the number of older adults is projected to increase by almost 18 million. This means that by 2030, 1 in 5 people in the United States will be 65 years old and over. Do you understand this diverse and growing cohort? These 100% virtual courses will provide you with the information you need to address the needs of our aging population and ensure that everyone can age with dignity.



The cost of each course is $500 for ASA members and $650 for nonmembers (this includes a one year ASA individual membership).


  • With four courses to choose from, these 5-week programs will empower you with an increased understanding and awareness of the challenges and opportunities of our aging society and provide valuable information that will help you in your work to better serve older adults.
  • Earn 10 CE credits from select accreditation providers when you successfully complete a course for just $50 in addition to your tuition. Click here for more information.
  • Upon successful completion of each course, you will also receive a certificate of completion from USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and ASA.


The Fall 2020 online courses will be held August 31–October 2. Click the icons below to get more information about individual course schedules and curriculum. 

Fall 2020 Gerontology Courses

fundamentals of gerontology - icon with building blocksFundamentals of Gerontology

USC faculty will take you through the fundamental concepts of gerontology and provide practical and theoretical perspectives to help you gain a broader understanding of the field. More information.

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Advanced Concepts in an Aging Society - icon with three gearsAdvanced Concepts in an Aging Society

USC faculty will explain several advanced concepts related to our aging society and will provide important perspectives to help you understand some of the most pressing challenges the unprecedented aging of our population presents. More information.

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Elder Mistreatment: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect - caution sign iconElder Mistreatment: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect

USC faculty members will introduce participants to what is known about primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention within the field of elder mistreatment, teaching some options and remedies for protecting existing victims of elder mistreatment and those who have not yet been mistreated. More information.

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Managing Health and Chronic Conditions in Older Adults - icon with heartManaging Health and Chronic Conditions in Older Adults

USC faculty members will discuss the common health issues faced by seniors, public health in an aging world, and the strategies for caring for older adults with various health challenges. Modules will cover demography, chronic diseases, self-care management, dementia and mental health issues, and medication management. More information.

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Management Team from Los Angeles Department of Aging
Completes USC Davis/ASA Gerontology Course

Photo of a group of 9 people smiling and holding with their certificates from USC and ASA

"Innovative online courses presented by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the American Society on Aging provided members of the Los Angeles Department of Aging management team with valuable evidence-based aging knowledge," said Department General Manager Laura Trejo.

Trejo, who graduated from USC in 1982 and returned to receive her Master of Science in Gerontology and Master of Public Administration in 1987, said her team was able to immediately apply what they learned in the course to their vital work serving the older adults of Los Angeles.

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*Tuition for ASA/USC online courses does not qualify as a tax deductible expense on IRS Form 1098-T