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. 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.


"Therapeutic Landscapes in South Africa: an interdisciplinary study of health" with Dr. Margaret Winchester November 8, 2016 in Stafford Auditorium at 5pm
Please join us for Dr. Margaret Winchester’s talk, “Therapeutic Landscapes in South Africa: an interdisciplinary study of health” on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 5-6 pm in Stafford Auditorium. Dr. Winchester is a cultural anthropologist of global health, working as a research associate in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State University. Her major area of research interest includes the ways in which people living with health vulnerabilities navigate healthcare systems and structural constraints within particular locations. For further information, please contact Meta Bowman at

Selection of Articles Written (or co-written) by Health Studies Faculty

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Co-Payment Elimination: The CHORD Trial, Published Online September 30, 2015

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Negative Co-Payments: The CHORD Trial, Published Online September 30, 2015

Marie Helweg-Larsen Helps Develop Children's Reading Skills with her Dog
Outside of her Dickinson College classroom, you may find Professor of Psychology Marie Helweg-Larsen, along with her dog Mia, working to improve the reading skills of elementary school students. Mia, a three-year-old Australian shepherd, is a therapy dog with an ear for listening. The pair make frequent visits to a YWCA after-school program at Hope Station in Carlisle, Pa., so children can practice reading aloud. Reading to a group of people can sometimes build anxiety, but Helweg-Larsen says the one-on-one experience is fun and calming for the students.

Contact Info

Marie Helweg-Larsen
Health Studies Program Coordinator

Meta Bowman
Academic Department Coordinator

Theresa Arndt
Health Studies Librarian


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