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Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAIC)

The goal of the OAIC program is to increase scientific knowledge that allows older adults to maintain or restore their independence. The NIA supports the OAICs to develop and enhance research and education at institutions with strong programs in aging research. This support is critical to address key research problems, technological limitations, and faculty development needs for future generations of appropriately-trained researchers. The OAICs are also known as "Pepper Centers" - so named to honor the late Senator Claude D. Pepper who championed the effort to create these centers of excellence. - Dalane W. Kitzman, MD, Director

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Americans are living longer than ever, and life expectancy is currently at a record high. More than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, and according to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, the United States is ill-prepared to meet current and future workforce needs for its aging adult population.

Be a part of the solution to this major problem facing the healthcare landscape with an online master's degree in gerontology or graduate certificate in aging and geriatric practice from the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Practical education is a must in this changing health care job environment. Opportunities continue to become available for qualified individuals in elder care. Gain credentials that will allow you to further your career through our online educational programs.

Benefits of UF’s online gerontology graduate program include:
  • Interactive, asynchronous courses taught by leading doctors and researchers
  • Flexible schedules tailored for working professionals
  • Continually updated curriculum to reflect the latest research
  • No clinical experience requirement
Learn More on University of Florida's College of Medicine website