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. Download the Intention to Complete a Certificate Form or you may pick up a form at the Registrar’s Office.
  3. Fill in your Banner ID#, your name, and your major. Remember to sign and date it.
  4. Setup up an appointment to meet with Prof. Helweg-Larsen. During that meeting you will discuss the HEST certificate program and she will sign your form both as Chair and as your HEST advisor.
  5. After the meeting, you will take the completed form to the registrar's office.


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.

Asuncion Arnedo helps out with Migrant Health Farmworker Initiative
Check out to see pictures of Asuncion Arnedo filling bags with personal care items for Partnership for Better Health's new Migrant Health Farmworker Initiative. Asuncion and students from Dickinson College delivered the health supplies to migrant farm workers in Upper Adams county.

Professor James Hoefler gives a presentation to Harrisburg Closure Group
Professor James Hoefler gave his presentation on end-of-life decision making to the Carlisle and Harrisburg Closure groups that are part of the Partnership for Better Health. This same presentation was given to the Susquehanna Community Foundation as well.

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