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Health and Human Services BA - Social Gerontology Concentration/Social Work MSW

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Health and Human Services BA - Social Gerontology Concentration/Social Work MSW at UB?

The Health and Human Services BA – Social Gerontology concentration and the Graduate School of Social Work offer a five-year program leading to the combined bachelor of arts/masters of social work (BA/MSW) degree. In this this unique program students take undergraduate and graduate coursework leading to the BA/MSW degree. Only Health and Human Services-Social Gerontology majors with junior standing, who have met the minimum admission requirements, are eligible to apply to this competitive program.

Social Gerontology is one of three concentrations in the Health and Human Services major. It is designed for students with an interest in the aging process and healthcare issues as they pertain to older adults. Students explore the physical, social and psychological impacts of aging by focusing on issues and conditions that impact the elderly. While in this major students will examine various social problems, the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities, and the professions and professionals providing services

The curriculum incorporates introductory social science, statistics and research methods, human biology, ethics and specialized courses developed for the Social Gerontology concentration.

The Health and Human Services-Social Gerontology undergraduate major is administered by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs located in 203 Clemens Hall on the North Campus. More information on the undergraduate portion of the BA/MSW may be obtained through their offices. 

For information on the graduate (MSW) portion of the degree please visit the the Graduate School of Social Work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human services intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills – e.g., interview, presentation, writing – necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the dynamic process of aging from a social, physical, and psychological perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community organizations, agency structure and function; client populations and problems; health care needs and responses.

For information on the skills and competencies required for certification and acquired through completion of this joint degree please see the Graduate School of Social Work webpage.

The Learning Environment

The Health and Human Services BA – Social Gerontology concentration is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. 

Courses in the major are taught in both large lecture and small seminar course formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 40-450 students per class. Intermediate and advanced courses typically enroll 40 to 250 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The Health and Human Services BA – Social Gerontology concentration is housed in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. They may be reached at 716-645-2247 or The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

The Graduate School of Social Work may be found in 685 Baldy Hall, just two buildings away from Clemens Hall.

About Our Faculty

Students in Health and Human Services- Social Gerontology take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences and university allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments such as psychology, sociology, and biology, anthropology and global gender studies. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants. 

In addition SSC has one full-time clinical assistant professor and approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields and bring valuable practical experience and knowledge about the latest developments and career opportunities in health and human services.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program's department website for additional information about our faculty.

For information on the faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work, their research interests and areas of teaching please visit the School of Social Work department website.

Career Outlook

Please visit the Department of Social Work's Career Resources page for information on alumni of the Graduate School of Social Work, placement services, and job outlook.

Academic Advising

Advisement for the undergraduate portion of the degree is coordinated through the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program’s (SSC) office in 203 Clemens Hall. SSC provides advisement on major and university requirements while a student is an undergraduate. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Once a student is admitted to the Graduate School of Social Work all advisement will be coordinated through that office.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call the office at (716) 645-2247 to make an appointment with an advisor for undergraduate advisement.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Associated Programs

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:20