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.


Careers in Public Health and Healthcare Thursday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Rector Science Center's Stafford Auditorium

Meet alums working in the field of public health. Learn about both the similarities and differences in their careers.  Hear their stories of both US and global impact. Gain insights into the different areas of care, management, disease and wellness that they have encountered. While there may be an MD in the group, there are MPHs too. Learn the true meaning of these acronyms and what they mean in the everyday world of work. Students, please sign up in DickinsonConnect via the Gateway (Academic Resources) to plan to attend this program. Walk-ins are still welcome!.
Alums currently serving on the panel:
Tara Russell MD/MPH ’06 (live) – MPH from Boston ’08 and MD from NYU ‘13
Devy Emperador ’08  (hopefully live but likely via Skype - worked as a Global Health Ambassadors Fellow / earned MPH @ UC Berkeley)
Yolande Greene ’10   (via Skype – MPH from Drexel ’14)

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.

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