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 in 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. Sharon Kingston, to let her know your intentions to declare the HEST certificate. She will assign you an advisor.
  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.


Health Studies Capstone Course Presentation & Reception - Friday, December 6 at 3:30 p.m., Stafford Auditorium
The Health Studies students will present Findings of Recent Community Health Needs Assessments as They Apply to the Perry County Health Coalition's Demographic. Students from the senior seminar in Health Studies will be presenting preliminary findings from their analysis of the Community Health Needs Assessments of UPMC/Pinnacle and Geisinger/Holy Spirit. Please join us to learn what our community health needs partners are implementing as a result of their most recent assessments and what recommendations may be made to prioritize the Perry County Health Coalition's action plan for the upcoming year.  There will be a reception of wine and appetizers following the presentation in the atrium right outside of the Stafford Auditorium.

Contact Info

Sharon Kingston
Associate Professor of Psychology

Meta Bowman
Academic Department Coordinator

Theresa Arndt
Health Studies Librarian


239 W. Louther Street, Community Studies Center
Mailing Address