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 HEST 400 Presentation December 7, 2017 at 3:30pm in the Stafford Auditorium
The students from both HEST 400 classes will be presenting The Impact of National Health Care Reform on Systems of Health Care: Perspectives of Regional Health Care Institutions, Providers, and Consumers(Patients). The presentation reviews each seminar’s research project with a focus on individual seminar research findings as well as findings and implications common to both projects. This term, Professor Winchester’s seminar examined pathways between public policy and health for individuals, focusing on structural inequalities and social determinants of health. Professor Sarcone’s seminar investigated the influence of public policy on the decisions and actions of regional health care institutions and providers.

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
Mailing Address