Calling All Leaders
People around the globe are living longer than ever before, creating an unprecedented demographic shift toward an older population. By 2040, 1 in 5 Americans will be over age 65. In 2050, about 1.6 billion people worldwide will fall in that age bracket.
As global life expectancy increases, so does our awareness of its consequences and the social, economic and political challenges of aging. Every industry, workplace and community needs leaders who understand the intricacies of aging processes and can navigate the path forward.
At USC Leonard Davis, you gain the knowledge and experience to inspire, serve and lead wherever your career takes you.
1 in 5
Americans will be over age 65 by 2040.
What Does a Geriatrician Do?
Physicians, nurses and other health professionals can specialize in geriatrics. Geriatricians are doctors with a deep understanding of the aging process, including preventing, diagnosing and treating illness in older adults.
They practice in many different settings, from visiting patients in their homes to working in long-term care environments, hospitals and private practice clinics. Geriatricians often collaborate with other doctors, bringing their unique training and skillset to deliver the best care for patients.
Promoting Healthy Aging
Aging is more than a progression on a timeline — it’s a lifelong pursuit of mental, physical and social growth. Your training at USC Leonard Davis prepares you to help an aging population thrive as active, involved members of the community. Become an expert on the human lifespan and be a leader in the aging revolution with a gerontology degree from USC Leonard Davis.
“The USC Leonard Davis School is the best of both worlds: an intimate school in a world-class research university. With such a rapidly aging population, this field is exploding!”Cameron ChalfantAlumnus, Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Aging Program Vice President, CBRE
“Gerontology is the new hybrid career... If you walk out your front door and look around, you will see older people everywhere. There is such a need for people educated in aging that the career opportunities are endless.”Jolene FassbinderMSG graduate and program officer for the Archstone Foundation, which provides grants for innovative projects addressing the needs of older adults
“You can always treat pneumonia with a simple antibiotic regimen, but the important questions are how will patients afford the medication, whether they are able to take it by themselves or remember to take it at all, and how will they make it to follow up appointments. My studies in gerontology made me aware of these issues before I even started medical school.”Karlton WongMSG graduate, MD at Providence Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center and Adjunct Lecturer at the USC Leonard Davis School