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. 


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.

ANTH 245: Babies and Boomers: Asian Societies in Transition
BIOL 126: Infectious Disease versus Immune System
BIOL 326: Microbiology
BIOL 333: Physiology
INST 290: Global Health
MUPS 111: Vocal Technique Class
PHIL 220: Biomedical Ethics
PSYC 175: Introduction to Community Psychology
PSYC 375: Research Methods in Community Psychology
PSYC 465: Seminar in Clinical Psychology
SPAN 239: Spanish for the Health Professions

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 Seminar 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.