Introduction

The Health Studies Certificate provides opportunities for students and faculty from across the college to explore their interests in health-related issues. Professor Marie Helweg-Larsen, of the Department of Psychology, will coordinate the program in 2014-2015.

HEST 201: Introduction to Health Studies is offered each spring semester. This course is ideal for a student considering a future in health care in any one of a number of professions and roles spanning policy, management, education, research and service. This multi-disciplinary offering explores various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of health. Contributors include faculty in a range of disciplines including American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, History, International Business and Management, Policy Studies, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. Students are encouraged to register for this course in their first or second year at Dickinson, but courses counting as electives for the six-course health studies certificate may be taken prior to taking HEST 201.

Recommended Courses and Requirements for Minors and Programs

Suggested curricular flow for program

First and/or Sophomore Year
Successful completion of Introduction to Health Studies (HEST 201: Introduction to Health Studies)

Sophomore and Junior Years
Successful completion of four other approved courses on health related topics taken in at least two academic departments.
Successful completion of one of the following: a health-related internship for credit (e.g., Washington Semester, NYC Program, approved study abroad programs); a non-credit internship (transcript notation) that involves a health-related field experience; laboratory or community based independent research on a health related topic.

Senior Year
Successful completion of the Health Studies Senior Seminar (HEST 400)

Certification

Students should declare their intent to pursue the Health Studies Certificate to the Health Studies Coordinator and with the Registrar's Office by the beginning of their junior year. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements will be issued a Certificate in Health Studies which will be awarded upon graduation from the College and will be recorded on their transcript.

The certificate in Health Studies requires:

  1. successful completion of HEST 201: Introduction to Health Studies;
  2. successful completion of four other Health Studies designated courses taken in at least two academic departments;
  3. successful completion of one of the following: a health-related internship for credit (e.g., via The Washington Center, the Dickinson-in-New York program, or some other study abroad program); a non-credit internship (Transcript Notation) that involves a health-related field experience; a lab-based independent research project on a health-related topic; or, a community-based independent research project on a health-related topic;
  4. successful completion of a health studies senior seminar (HEST 400: Health Studies Senior Seminar).

Independent study and independent research

Students must complete a health-related field experience. This can be counted as one of the 4 required electives or may be done as a non-credit experience with approval from the Health Studies Coordinator.