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 may declare your HEST certificate at any time. HEST students
    have priority for getting into HEST201 and HEST400.
  2. Email the HEST chair Prof. Helweg-Larsen 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.


Professor Sharon Kingston is in the News
The Sentinel ( published an article about Professor Kingston's work with MedReturn boxes. To learn more, check out the article.

Health Studies Students Researched Local Nonprofits
The Health Studies seminar students presented their research from this past semester, on December 12, 2014, after working with the Gather the Women support group and didactic program at the YWCA and the Nurse Aide program at the Employment Skills Center.

Health Studies Professors Awarded for Excellence in Curriculum Design
Our professors Shawn Bender, John Henson, Dave Sarcone, and Shalom Staub have been recognized and awarded for their Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design for their interdisciplinary course, Living Well in Later Life, offered as part of Dickinson's U.S.-Japan Global Scholars Program! Check out the article!

Perry County Health Research with Professor David Sarcone
Professor David Sarcone and his research team made up of students from Dickinson and Shippensburg are mentioned on the Partnership for Better Health's webpage for their research on Perry County health.

Contact Info

Marie Helweg-Larsen
Health Studies Program Coordinator

Meta Bowman
Academic Department Coordinator

Theresa Arndt
Health Studies Librarian


239 W. Louther Street, Community Studies Center
Mailing Address