Master of Science in Applied Gerontology


Course Description

Elective Courses

We offer a set of elective courses that are ageing-related from different disciplines each academic year. Elective courses are offered on a rotation basis, and not all electives will be offered in one trimester. The list below is a partial list of courses that might be offered as electives.

Ageing and the End-of-Life: Exploring Death, Dying, and Bereavement

This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major psycho-socio-cultural perspectives, theories and clinical practices on death and dying from a global viewpoint with a critical focus on the Asian experience. Through interactive lectures, experiential workshops, and creative group projects, students are offered an opportunity to examine the environmental, ethical, financial, political and public health issues of mortality.

Food, Nutrition, and Ageing

Food, Nutrition, and Ageing explores the role of a balanced nutrition for healthy ageing and for the prevention of age-related diseases. The course is structured around a framework of two general, but complementary viewpoints: biological/biochemical and the clinical approach. We will examine the main aspects of physiology of nutrition, the link between dietary nutrients intake and cellular metabolism, and specific health issues common during ageing.

Mental Health in Later Life

Mental disorders are a major contributor to the disease burden in elderly both globally and in Singapore. This course provides students with an overview of the principles and practice of mental health care for older adults, current knowledge gaps and research agendas. We will cover the mental health spectrum from normal to pathological ageing, selected mental disorders of late life, the current state of mental health care and the challenges across the disease trajectory and care continuum.

Arts, Ageing, and Wellbeing

This course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of arts and health with focus on the use of arts and creative approaches in the context of ageing and eldercare. We will explore concepts of art, ageing, and wellbeing, historical and contemporary debates, as well as examples of best practices and resources related to the field. This course will also introduce students to resources that supports implementation of art-based projects for older adults in various settings.

Entrepreneurial Gerotechnology

Gerotechnology creates ever-expanding entrepreneurial opportunities to develop new products and services for the ageing population. This course is designed to encourage students to see the world through the eyes of innovators and entrepreneurs working on the creation and testing of technologies which support the health of older adults. We will look at several domains of gerotechnology, explore issues like person-environment fit, privacy, security, and accessibility, and cover business plan development.

Chinese Medicine and Ageing

Chinese medicine has long been used as a complementary treatment for long term diseases and general health maintenance. This new course explores the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its application to health and wellness of older people. Emphasis will be on age-related issues and illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, cerebrovascular diseases, gastrointestinal problems and cancer. We will also cover the nutrition and dietary therapies that will form holistic treatments for age-related problems.

Medical Humanities and Ageing

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to scholarship on ageing in the Medical Humanities. We will consider narratives, discourses, historical contexts, and doctor-patient conversations that challenge, provoke, and excite thinking about the experience of ageing. This medical humanities course will expose you to different methodologies and ways of knowing the world that will enable you to address complex questions that have no definitive answers. These methods include textual analysis, semiotics, deconstruction, discourse analysis, close reading, and ethnography directed towards research on ageing.

Gerontology and Counselling

Counselling older people require specific knowledge and skills. Gerontological counsellors assist elderly patients in coping with mental and emotional health issues associated with ageing in order to improve their overall health and quality of life. This course introduces students to the basic counselling skills, approaches and interventions pertinent to working with older people. 

Health Communication and Coaching

The course will provide students with a broad overview of issues related to health communication and coaching especially as they relate to older people. Issues related to communication practices between health professionals and patients, health communication through mass media and new technologies, and health coaching will be addressed.​

Gerontological Practicum

Training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the student, faculty advisor, and worksite supervisor; gaining an understanding of the workings of a specific programme, agency, or institution; this practicum reinforces knowledge, theories and principles gained through courses in gerontology while engaging in direct, practical experience.