Earn a Degree in Gerontology!

  • One out of five Michiganders is age 60 or over, and long-term care is the tenth largest employer in the U.S.
  • Gain hands-on experience through internships in various community and long-term care settings
  • Become an expert in advocating for older adults and accessing community resources
  • Enhance your marketability with a certificate in dementia care or care management
  • Faculty members are respected professionals, who share real life experiences and skills
  • Learn from anywhere you have an internet connection - you can complete this degree in the classroom or in a degree completion format 100% online



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Faculty Bios

Denise Brothers

Associate Professor, Chair, Population Health and Aging

Graduate Program Director, MPH and MSSLA

Ph.D. Miami University

M.S. Miami University


734-432-5531, Room 1311

Denise Brothers

Dr. Denise Brothers has been a faculty member of the Aging Studies Department since 2013. She holds a M.S. in Exercise and Health Studies and a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology, both from Miami University of Ohio. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration.

She teaches the introductory course in aging studies, psychology and aging, global aging, educational program planning, and programs and services for older adults. Her professional interests include understanding how race, class, and gender impact later-life outcomes, such as health, wealth, and social networks. Her research has included exploring how changing demographics and marital patterns are altering the ways in which older men and women are forming and maintaining new relationships in later life.

Earlier in her career, she assisted with a number of research projects on long-term care services and support in the state of Ohio. This research included a qualitative study on the experiences of consumers and caregivers receiving home-and-community based services as well as identifying current and future capacity needs for long-term care. She also engages in public scholarship through her participation on advisory groups within Michigan’s aging network.

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