Educational Opportunities

Center for Aging, Health and Humanities

GW's Center for Aging, Health and Humanities and its partners offer educational opportunities to train health care providers on how to best serve their aging patients.

Several offerings are in collaboration Washington, D.C., Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC), which is a collaboration between several local universities and health care organizations to improve the quality of life for older adults by improving knowledge, attitudes and skills of health care professionals. This initiative provides interprofessional education and support to health care professionals and incorporates learning through the humanities and arts to improve the competencies of the geriatric workforce and their ability to provide person-centered care.

Questions or interested in partnering? Contact us at [email protected].

The following academic program options are available through the GW School of Nursing as an MSN, DNP or post-master's certificate.


The Creative Aging project brings together older and younger adults to read students written work aloud to discuss themes surrounding written work; swap personal stories connected to themes; and write, rehearse and perform new devised work.

Learn more about Creative Aging

The center partners with area nurses and other experts in palliative and end of life care to offer the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) courses each fall and spring in the District of Columbia. 

The  ELNEC project is a national education initiative to improve palliative care and is a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the City of Hope, Duarte, CA.

Learn more about ELNEC

Geriatric Education Utilizing a Palliative Care Framework's (GEPaC) six online modules are designed to educate nurses, advanced practice nurses, occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants and other clinicians in an integrated geriatric-palliative approach. These online learning modules integrate a variety of media, case examples and interactive activities to engage and motivate learners.

Learn more about GEPaC

Embark on a year-long interprofessional certificate program to teach health care practitioners gerontology, leadership, advanced communication and teaching skills. Through this free-of-charge program you will:

  • Gain a unique set of skills necessary in holistic and person-centered care across the health care continuum for an aging population.
  • Increase awareness and teach practitioners techniques to harness the immense wisdom and creativity of older people in order to strengthen the care partnership.
  • Increase awareness and teach practitioners techniques to incorporate person-centered care across diverse settings.

Apply to become a Master Faculty Scholar

The Person-Centered Care Toolkit is a resource for providers to teach concepts for a person-centered approach to care for older adults across health care settings. Tools and techniques are part of a three-fold approach of the toolkit that includes:

  1. Teaching tools for interprofessional healthcare providers,
  2. Activities to enable older persons to express themselves and their creative potential, and
  3. Self-care techniques for health care professionals to reenergizes and maintain their ability to provide a person-centered approach to care.

Access Toolkit

The Professional Development Program is an immersive educational experience with a person-centered perspective that incorporates an interprofessional approach to learning through the integration of humanities and creative arts.  The package includes seven components.

  • Four core courses;
  • One clinical observation; and
  • Two optional programs for interprofessional healthcare providers to gain a total of up to 48 continuing education (CE) or contact hours in one year and become a fellow with WAGECC.

CE is provided for nurses and social workers, and potentially other professions as needed.  

The program is available for individuals or organizations. If you are interested in pricing for an organization email [email protected] for more information.

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