Improve your understanding of the legal and ethical issues that intersect with caring for an older population and supporting healthy aging


Program Overview

The 100% online Graduate Certificate in Aging Law and Policy:

  • 12 credit units, with four courses at three credit units each, which can be completed in less than eight months
  • Free to apply
  • No admissions test required
  • Units earned may be applied to a Master of Legal Studies degree
  • You may take one course (three credit units) from any of the courses offered in the three other Graduate Certificates in Health Law, including Health Law for Health Professionals, Regulatory Science, and Health Information Privacy, Compliance, and Data Security.

As the American population ages, there is an increasing need for professionals who work in the aging sector to better understand the legal and ethical issues that surround working later-in-life, long-term care, and the role of technology in changing how healthcare is monitored and delivered to seniors.

These topics and many others are covered in the Graduate Certificate in Aging Law and Policy from University of Arizona Law. 

The aging sector is an area of enormous growth that crosses disciplines, which is why this Certificate coursework reflects an innovative, multidisciplinary collaboration from academics across the University of Arizona in law, the health sciences (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health), social and behavioral sciences, engineering, and psychiatry, along with the UA Center on Aging.

You will gain expertise to support employability and success within this multifaceted, highly regulated field, including the ability to identify areas of potential legal risk and effectively communicate with older adults, legal counsel, regulatory agencies, ethics committees and risk management.

Application Info

Curriculum

Provides a fundamental understanding of legal and public health frameworks involved in the financing and delivery of care for the US aging population. Course covers funding models from Medicare and Medicaid to Veterans Administration and Indian Health Service. In addition, long-term care and caregiving challenges are a focus and emerging trends, such as working later-in-life, loneliness and isolation, opioid addiction, and emergency preparedness.

Covers the terrain of age discrimination, social conceptions of the elderly as burdensome and cultural biases that reject the role of the elderly as valuable contributors. The ethics of anti-aging involves questions surrounding anti-aging interventions and the connection between an anti-aging ethos and transhumanism. 

Provides an in-depth look at the ethical, legal, and social challenges facing aging adults amidst the rise of novel technologies. New technologies are regularly touted as a way forward in combating many issues unique to older adults, including frailty and falls and loss of functional independence. This course discusses the promises new technologies could offer an aging workforce and their pitfalls. 

A myriad of legal, ethical, and social issues arise in relation to caring for an older population. Special attention is given to: elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation; healthcare decision making, including advance directives and end-of-life issues; ethical issues in elder representation; and other family issues, including “grandparents as parents,” and later-in-life marriages.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain the following skills:

  • Become familiar with the regulatory agencies, laws, and guidance that govern long-term care accreditation and reimbursement from government payors.
  • Identify key legal issues when they surface in long-term care, end-of-life care, retirement, and other major life events that primarily impact older adults.
  • Understand the principles and theories of moral philosophy, e.g., social contract theory, autonomy, utilitarianism, and how they apply to life value, end-of-life ethics, and other competing moral positions.
  • Recognize the scope and force of ethical conflicts in providing healthcare and long-term care for an aging population.
  • Gain awareness of emerging topics in elder law and how law can better address a range of issues, including elder fraud, elder representation, age discrimination, loneliness and isolation, addiction, and emergency preparedness.

Career Possibilities

  • Administrator roles (Senior leaders, Director, Manager, Coordinator) in long-term care and assisted living communities, hospitals, hospices, and home-and-community-based care.
  • Compliance roles that involve billing and reimbursement, risk management, accreditation, and responding to oversight from federal and state regulatory agencies.
  • Consulting and entrepreneurial positions in technology designed for older adults’ use, that could support aging in place and delivery of care.
  • Policy and regulatory positions from local, state, and federal government agencies, nonprofits, and associations that represent organizations in the aging field.
  • Specialized roles that oversee infection control prevention and procedures.

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For more information email law-healthcare@arizona.edu.