Globally there will be an estimated 2.1 billion individuals over the age of 60 by the year 2050. With this global demographic shift comes unique opportunities—in a wide range of industries—to learn from older adults and assure they have equitable access to high-quality services. Professionals specializing in Aging will be critical to the planning necessary to implement innovative solutions to serve older adults now, as well as prepare to support the next wave of aging populations.  



By studying aging, you’ll expand your career opportunities by developing a highly valued skillset that complements your existing skills, education, and professional experience. You can pursue a career in your area of interest, and bring with you the knowledge of how to advance positive change to benefit older adults and the industry you work in. 

About Innovations in Aging Programs 

87% of UArizona Health Sciences students agree that it is important to offer formal education in aging.* Our student-validated programs were designed based on student surveys and focus groups, and following guidance from Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Programs were developed to address urgent challenges resulting from the aging population, and are specifically designed to provide the flexibility necessary to meet the needs of busy students and professionals.  

With support from UArizona Health Sciences International, Innovations in Aging programs were built in collaboration between the UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, College of Medicine – Tucson, College of Nursing, R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy, and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and other colleges across the university—in partnership with experts from the Arizona Center on Aging. Programs offer a rare, truly interdisciplinary approach to understanding aging and how to effectively implement positive change in interprofessional settings. 

*Online survey administered 1/22/2021-2/2/2021 to 4694 currently enrolled, Main Campus and online UArizona Health Sciences students, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from the College of Nursing, College of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine—Tucson, and College of Medicine—Phoenix.