The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS) and the Latin American Academy of Medicine for Older Adults (ALMA), along with other prestigious international organizations, have designed a theoretical and empirical specialization course aimed at current directors and professionals interested in managing health programs and services for older adults and improving their health management skills while also establishing minimum standards for the selection and evaluation of the management of health programs and services for older adults.

Contents are organized into an introductory module and 6 content modules:

  • Introductory Module
  • Module I Aging in the Population
  • Module II Public Policy, Public Health and Health Programs in Aging
  • Module III: Health Service Management for Older Persons
  • Module IV: Community Health Management for Older Persons
  • Module V: Health Management for Complex Older Patients
  • Module VI: Specialization Final Work

The introductory module will be taught in-person, while the remaining six modules will be conducted virtually through the MOODLE platform of the Pan American Health Organization’s Virtual Campus of Public Health.


The three main objectives of the Specialization course are:

  1. To relate conceptual aspects of health determinants and aging in Latin America and the Caribbean with the essential functions of public health.
  2. To design, manage and evaluate programs and services for the health of older persons.
  3. To apply methodological tools towards the efficient and effective integration of social and health programs and services with emphasis on intervention programs based on the advances of public health and gerontology. 


  • Evaluate and analyze the aging process of populations and their determinants in terms of individual and population health by properly arguing their impact on health systems.
  • Know and apply in practice legislation and ethical principles and compare them with policies in public health and social protection in the region.
  • Analyze, value and implement scientific evidence in relation to social determinants for managerial decision-making.
  • Use evidence based on the results of care of older adults to effectively manage programs and services for older adults.
  • Utilize methodological tools for the achievement of quality design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and services aimed at improving the health and decreasing disabilities of older adults, adapting them to their environment and meeting their needs.