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Elder Law

elder health law and ethical issues


The University of Toledo Online Graduate Certificate in Elder Law is designed for students interested in gaining specialized knowledge on elder health law and ethical issues.

The certificate will enhance the credentials of persons working in any field in which they regularly deal with the elderly, including

    • nursing,
    • gerontology,
    • social work,
    • law,
    • or related health and human service fields
    • and also enrich the understanding of elder law issues for those who have elderly people in their families or personal lives.

The University of Toledo Elder Law Online Graduate Certificate in Elder Law is designed to provide knowledge about the needs and legal rights of elderly; understanding the laws and legal issues related to property rights, wills, trusts, estate administration, powers of attorney, guardian-ships, advance directives (health care powers of attorney, etc.), Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, grandparent’s rights and legal issues involved in late-in-life marriages.

The Program also focuses on the ethical issues involved in legal practice with elderly clients, age discrimination in employment, health care and long term care for the elderly, income maintenance, and elder abuse and covers contemporary legal issues in gerontology and geriatrics.  The certificate will prepare individuals for working with older adults and their families.

The two-semester, five course sequence credit program is totally online and accessible 24/7. The nature of this new certificate program is a perfect fit for those with an active life, and for those who find it difficult to take traditional, on-campus graduate courses. This unique program consists of five courses which can be completed via distance learning in only two semesters as follows:

Course of Study:

Summer Semester – Session 1

  • Legal Issues for the Elderly - (LGL 6100 – 3 credit hours)

Students will develop an understanding of a variety of legal issues, some of which are of concern exclusively to elderly Americans and others of which, although not the exclusive province of the elderly, become more critical later in life.  This will include an understanding of basic probate terminology and procedure, the purposes of and distinctions between various types of trusts, the uses (and possible abuses) and limitations of powers of attorney, fundamental rights under Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the use of advance directives, and the rights of a surviving spouse particularly as applied to late-in-life marriages.

Summer Semester – Session 2

  • Elder Health Law and Ethical Issues - (LGL 6200 – 3 credit hours)

A study of multiple issues facing our aging population including elder law legal practice and ethical issues, elder health law, employment discrimination, home, long-term and hospice care, and elder abuse.

Guided Independent Study in Elder Law Topics - (LGL 6980 – 3 credit hours)

The Elder Law Certificate Program is an excellent credential for professionals working with the elderly. However, since the Certificate Program is made up of four main courses, students need a vehicle to help them explore additional Elder Law topics or issues that may not have been covered in significant depth - or, maybe, not at all - in those four main courses. This Guided Study in Elder Law provides that vehicle for exploration by allowing the student to undertake an "Elder Law Project."

Fall Semester

 Health and Aging - (GERO 540 – 3 credits)

 Students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the basic health problems of older adults.
  • Develop core competencies in ethno-geriatrics and understand the issues related to emergency preparedness for the elderly.
  • Integrate basic principles of culturally competent geriatric care into his/her role as a health care professional.
  • Integrate basic principles of communicating with older adults into his/her role as a heath care provider.
  • Understand the psycho-social aspects of aging and its affects on physical health. 
  • Become acquainted with local and state resources available to increase the quality of life of older adults.

Issues in Contemporary Gerontological Practice - (GERO 541- 3 credit hours)

       Students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the basic biological, psychological and sociological issues facing older adults in today’s society.
  • Develop core competencies in treating and working with older adults and their families.
  • Integrate basic principles of geriatric care into his/her role as a health care professional.
  • Interpret and apply the results of gerontology and geriatric research.

The application deadline is May 1.

Admission requirements:

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Plan of Study

The University of Toledo Online Certificate in Elder Law is offered by the College of Social Justice and Human Service in cooperation with The Center for Successful Aging in UT's College of Medicine.

For more information:

To learn more about the Online Graduate Certificate in Elder Law, interested students should contact:

Professor Michael J. Spiros, Esq. (
Paralegal Studies

The University of Toledo is regionally accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and is authorized to offer degrees online.


Last Updated: 6/26/15