Students should declare their intent to pursue the Health Studies Certificate by completing the Intention to Complete a Certificate or Minor form and having it signed by the Chair of the Health Studies Program.  Students should declare as soon as possible. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements will be issued a Certificate in Health Studies which will be awarded upon graduation from the College and will be recorded on their transcript.

The certificate in Health Studies requires:

  1. Successful completion of HEST 201: Introduction to Health Studies.  This course is normally offered every spring semester.
  2. Successful completion of four other Health Studies designated courses taken in at least two academic departments.  Electives can also be taken abroad (see Study Abroad for preapproved HEST electives.)
  3. Successful completion of one of the following: a health-related internship for credit (e.g., via The Washington Center, the Dickinson-in-New York program, or some other study abroad program); a non-credit internship (Transcript Notation) that involves a health-related field experience; a lab-based independent research project on a health-related topic; or, a community-based independent research project on a health-related topic;
  4. Successful completion of a health studies senior seminar (HEST 400: Health Studies Senior Seminar). The prerequisites for this course are HEST 201 and at least two HEST electives.  This course is normally offered every fall semester.

Independent study and independent research

Students must complete a health-related field experience. This can be counted as one of the 4 required electives or may be done as a non-credit experience with approval from the Health Studies Coordinator.


Heath Studies Designated Courses
The following Dickinson courses have been pre-approved as HEST electives. See Study Abroad for pre-approved HEST electives at several study abroad locations.  Students must take four HEST electives in at least two academic departments.

AMST 200/WGST 202: Fat Studies
AMST 200: Health and Illness Narratives
ANTH 100: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 216: Medical Anthropology
ANTH 218/WGST 218: Biosocial Aspects of Female Sexuality
ANTH 225: Human Osteology
ANTH 229: Principles of Human Variation and Adaptation
ANTH 245/WGST 202: Health and Healing in Africa
ANTH 310: Nutritional Anthropology
BIOL 124: Biology of Behavior
BIOL 125: Understanding Cancer
BIOL 126: Infectious Disease versus Immune System
BIOL 127: This Is Your Life
BIOL 216: Genetics
BIOL 333: Physiology
BIOL 335: Microanatomy
BIOL 380: Immunology
BIOL 425: The Biology of Cancer
BIOL 427: Virology
CHEM 490: Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 490: Bioinorganic Chemistry
ECON 314: Health Economics
ECON 349: Political Economy of the Third World
ECON 495: Political Economy of Health
ENST 310: Special Topics in Environmental Science (when topic is relevant)
ENST 311: Cities, Environment and Health
HIST 350: American Science, Technology and Medicine
INBM 300: Applied Empirical Analysis of Middle School Obesity
INBM 300: Issues in International Management (when topic is relevant)
INST 290: Demography: Population Issues in Developing Countries
LAWP 400/PMGT 401: Biomedical Technology, Policy and Law
MUPS 111: Vocal Technique Class
PHIL 220/PMGT 220: Biomedical Ethics
POSC 258: Human Rights
POSC 290/PMGT 290: Managing Death
PSYC 125: Brain and Behavior
PSYC 145: Psychology of Human Sexuality
PSYC 165: Psychopathology
PSYC 175: Introduction to Community Psychology
PSYC 365: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
PSYC 375: Research Methods in Community Psychology
PSYC 465: Seminar in Clinical Psychology
PSYC 475: Advanced Seminar in Community Psychology
RELG 260: Comparative Biomedical Ethics
RELG 260: Spiritual Dimensions of Healing
SCIE 259: Writing Science News
SOCI 230/ANTH 245: Medicine, Society and Science
SOCI 271: Comparative Social Policy
SOCI 333: The Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCI 400: Death and Dying
SPAN 239: Spanish for the Health Professions
WGST 202: Reproductive Justice

Health Studies Courses

201 Introduction to Health Studies
Introduction to Health Studies is a multi-disciplinary course that explores various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of health. In addition to providing the overall framework for the materials covered, the faculty-convener of the course will draw on speakers from Dickinson faculty who will present health studies materials relevant to their respective areas of special expertise. Faculty speakers will be drawn from a range of disciplines at the college, including American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, History, International Business and Management, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Psychology, and Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies.Normally offered spring semester.

250 Special Topics in Health Studies
Selected topics in HEST will vary with each offering, reflecting the interests of faculty and students as well as evolving concerns of the field.
Prerequisite dependent upon topic, or permission of the instructor.

400 Senior Sem in Health Studies
The Senior Seminar in Health Studies is an interdisciplinary, topics driven course, with specific foci dependent upon the specialization(s) of the instructor. Students will survey the relevant literatures of at least two disciplines; identify specific problems or topics; complete a research project based on secondary and/or primary sources; and offer a final presentation of interdisciplinary work (in the forms of academic papers, oral presentations, or some other creative project (including film, narrative, performance, etc.).
Prerequisite: 201 and at least two other courses in Health Studies (as accepted by Health Studies Coordinator), or permission of instructor.Normally offered fall semester.