Human health has biological, interpersonal and societal dimensions. It’s no surprise, then, that Dickinson students take health-related courses and perform health research in a variety of disciplines. The health studies program assists students in identifying opportunities to pursue and expand their health interests and obtain hands-on experience both in the laboratory and in the community. Health studies faculty offer a range of perspectives on health so students can examine its complexity and connect it with the arts, the economy, ethics, politics, psychology and society. This is essential background for students with career interests in aid organizations, business and government, as well as medicine, mental health and public health.

Steps for Declaring the HEST Certificate:

  1. You should declare your HEST certificate as soon as possible. HEST students have priority for getting into HEST201 and HEST400.
  2. Email the HEST chair Prof. Kingston to let her know your
    intentions to declare the HEST certificate. She will assign you an
  3. Setup up an appointment to meet with your advisor. During
    that meeting you will discuss the HEST certificate program including
    study abroad options for HEST and how to complete the Field
    Experience Requirement. Your advisor will also sign your form. You
    do not need to bring your form (your advisor has it) and you do not
    need to get the HEST Chair's signature.
  4. After the meeting, you will take the completed form to the
    registrar's office.


Please join us for the film screening of “Bending the Arc – A friendship that changed the world” Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7 pm (102 minutes) in Dana 110
A powerful documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists - including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl - whose work thirty years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. Epic, yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history. This event is co-sponsored by Health Studies, Africana Studies, Anthropology, French and Francophone Studies, Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies, Political Science, and Pre-Health. For further information, please contact Meta Bowman at

Contact Info

Sharon Kingston
Health Studies Program Coordinator

Meta Bowman
Academic Department Coordinator

Theresa Arndt
Health Studies Librarian


239 W. Louther Street, Community Studies Center
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