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The Health Education office serves as a resource center for MSU students and staff. Those needing health information for class projects, speeches, personal use, or papers may find a brochure, journal article, printed material, or web resource in the Health Education office.

This list of online resources, providing additional  information, is meant to compliment our existing offerings. We attempt to provide reliable sources of information but cannot guarantee the accuracy of the content of all the sites listed.


HIV/AIDS Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS site
HIV/AIDS Statistics
HIV and AIDS statistics from around the world
HIV In Site
Information on HIV/AIDS treatments, prevention, and policy from University of California, San Francisco
Uniting The World Against AIDS
The Joint United Nations Program on AIDS
Minnesota AIDS Project
Minnesota AIDS Project 
Information, education, and action news
The Rural Aids Action Network
The Rural AIDS Action Network serving families in Minnesota
Works to increase HIV testing and care among people most at-risk
Minnesota Department of Health site that provides data on the HIV epidemic in the state of Minnesota
Print and online information for people living with HIV and AIDS


You Might Be That Guy If. . .
The BACCHUS Network
A popular peer education network site
The National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Phoenix House
A comprensive alcohol & other drug education, prevention, and intervention program for college students
Go Ask Alice!
Education on alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs
MedlinePlus: Alcohol
Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health
Information and resources for families and friends of alcoholics
Alcoholics Anonymous
Information about Alcoholics Anonymous, how to find A.A. meetings, and more
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Information to help reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities
The Drink Wheel
Online blood alcohol content calculator
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Resources for campus and community efforts to address problems of alcohol, other drugs, and violence
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Updates on policies to reduce alcohol problems
College Alcohol Study (CAS) by Harvard School of Public Health
Extensive research and resources on college alcohol use
College Drinking – Changing the Culture
One-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students
A free service offering personalized results based on age, gender, and drinking patterns


Information provided by the Military Vaccine Agency (MILVAX)
Anthrax FAQ
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anthrax education information
National Network for Immunization Information
Basic information about anthrax and the vaccine

Body Art & Body Piercing

Immunization Action Coalition
Tattoos/Piercings and vaccine-related educational materials
U.S.  Food and Drug Administration
Information from the FDA on tattooing and permanent makeup
The Association of Professional Piercers
Non-profit organization providing health and safety information about body piercing


Online source for credible cancer information
American Lung Association
Information on lung cancer
National Cancer Institute
Government site offering useful statistics categorized by cancer type
American Cancer Society
American Institute for Cancer Research
Provides tools and information to prevent and survive cancer
Mayo Clinic Health Information

Extensive information on cancer including symptoms, causes, treament and prevention

Cardiovascular Disease (Heart Disease)

American Heart Association
Heart health information and resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Extensive information on heart disease facts, statistics, risk factors and prevention
Mayo Clinic Health Information
Diseases and treatments of various cardiovascular diseases from Mayo Clinic
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Centers for Disease Control website providing public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health
MedlinePlus: Heart Diseases
General heart disease info from the National Institutes of Health


Cholesterol FAQ
General information on cholesterol and the heart
MedlinePlus: Cholesterol
MEDLINE plus government site gives excellent up-to-date cholesterol information

Club Drugs

Club Drugs
General info from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Club Drug Facts
Club drug facts from the Office of National Drug Control Policy
MedlinePlus: Club Drug FAQ
Everything from statistics to latest news releases about club drugs
The Truth About Club Drugs – PDF
A pamphlet on club drugs from the U.S. Department of Justice
The Partnership for a Drug–Free America
Parents: The Anti–Drug
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Project GHV
Drug Story


Cocaine Anonymous
InfoFacts: Crack & Cocaine
The National Institute on Drug Abuse
MedlinePlus: Cocaine Abuse
The National Institutes of Health
Cocaine & Crack Addiction Info
Cocaine Drug Facts
The National Drug Control Policy

Contraceptives/Birth Control

Contraception Online
Online Patient Information
Choosing a Contraceptive Method
Planned Parenthood
Contraception Choices
Contraception 101
Birth Control Guide
Birth Control Guide by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Contraception/Birth Control
Birth control and contraception information from the Center for Young Women's Health


Depression FAQ
From the National Institute of Mental Health
Depression Information and Treatment
The National Mental Health Association
Depression Info
Educational info from Mayo Clinic
Go Ask Alice
Columbia University's health education website
Healthy Minds
From the American Psychiatric Association including other sources of information


Children with Diabetes
An online community for kids, families, and adults with diabetes
Diabetes Research Institute
The Diabetes Research Institute for updates on current research
Diabetes Public Health Resource
A diabetes public health resource from the CDC
American Association of Diabetes Educators
Provides useful diabetes facts, info on how to find a diabetes educator, and a list of Internet links to other diabetes sources.
MedlinePlus: Diabetes
A great diabetes resource database provided by the National Institutes of Health.
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
Diabetes info from the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases.

Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence
About Domestic Violence
The U.S. Department of Justice's site for the Office on Violence Against Women

Drunk Driving

National Commission Against Drunk Driving
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
National and state DUI info
Students Against Drunk Driving
Motor vehicle Safety
Information from the CDC on injury prevention and control
Impaired Driving Prevention
BACCHUS & GAMMA site devoted to impaired driving prevention
Stop Impaired Driving

Eating Disorders

Something Fishy
Includes basic ED info, treatment options, and a memorial wall among others
National Eating Disorders Association
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders
The Eating Disorder Association
Understanding eating disorders and how you can help
MedlinePlus: Eating Disorders
ED info from the National Institutes of Health
Overeaters Anonymous Organization

The Center for Mindful Eating

Ecstasy (MDMA)

National Institute of Drug Abuse fact sheet
Ecstasy Information
Ecstasy info from DanceSafe - which works to promote health and safety within the rave and nightclub community.
Basic info on Ecstasy
From The Partnership for a Drug Free America


Shape Up
Nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving healthy weight for life
Gatorade Sports Science Institute
American Council on Fitness
The Exercise Prescription
MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness
From Medline Plus - The National Institutes of Health
Calorie Control
A healthy weight tool kit- "Get moving! Calculator" to see how many calories you expend doing your favorite exercise or activity
Calories Per Hour
Calculate calories expended for several different activities

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Information and resources about FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Information from the CDC on FASD
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome & Effects

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

General Health

Health Finder
A governmental health library
Disease & Condition Health Centers
General listing of diseases and conditions from WebMD
Health information from the NIH
Health A to Z
Use the A to Z Encyclopedia to look up your health topic
Mayo Clinic website for health information
Go Ask Alice
General health info for college students from the Columbia University


LGBT Center
Link to MSU's own LGBT Center located in the Student Union
The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Outfront Minnesota
Minnesota's Leading GLBT Organization


Association for Death Education and Counseling
General listing of diseases and conditions from WebMD
Medline Plus
Health information from the NIH
Health A to Z
Use the A to Z Encyclopedia to look up your health topic
Mayo Clinic
Go Ask Alice
General health info for college students from the Columbia University


The National Headache Foundation
American Council for Headache Education
Headache info from the National Institutes of Health


Viral Hepatitis
Info from the National Center for Disease and control
Hepatitis Foundation International
Offers resources and support
HIV & Hepatitis
Information on HIV, HBV and HCV among other things such as biological agents
The Hepatitis B Foundation
MedlinePlus: Hepatitis Information
The National Institutes of Health resources for all forms of hepatitis
Current Disease Management and Information for Chronic Hepatitis C

Herbal Drugs/Supplements

Supplement Watch
Useful Information about the pros and cons of dietary supplements
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Office of Dietary Supplements
Consumer Lab
Results of independent testing of health and nutrition products


Influenza (Flu)
Info on the flu in the United States from the CDC
World Health Organization
MedlinePlus: Flu Information
General info from the National Institutes of Health
American Lung Association: Flu
Basic flu fact sheet
Basic common cold fact sheet

Injury Prevention

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Internet Injury Prevention Resources
Contains links on everything from alcohol to war
Fact Sheets
The Injury Prevention Resource Center listing of fact sheets for various injury types
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Injury prevention related to vehicular use
Aquatic Injury Prevention
Swimming safety tips from the Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention


Marijuana Education From Narconon
Marijuana Information
Links to marijuana education information from the Higher Education Center
MedlinePlus: Marijuana
Extensive resource from the National Institutes of Health
Marijuana Anonymous World Services
Marijuana user support group website
The National Youth Anti–Drug Media Campaign
Freevibe: Marijuana
Marijuana Information
Office of National Drug Control Policy


[PDF] Measles Mumps & Rubella (PDF) (17 KiB)
Info from the CDC on the MMR vaccination various injury types

Media Literacy

Media Literacy For Prevention
The Center on Alcohol Marketing & Youth
Alcohol & Drug Information
Alcohol Policies Project


The Meningitis Research Foundation
The Meningitis Foundation of America
Basic Meningitis information from the CDC
American College Health Association

Methamphetamines ("Meth")

Methamphetamine Information
Meth: Abuse & Addiction
Meth abuse and addiction information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Meth Addiction
Meth facts from Narconon
Meth: Drug Facts
Education and statistics from the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Meth fact sheet from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Mononucleosis ("Mono")

MedlinePlus: Infectious Mononucleosis
National Institutes of Health gives you general info and research updates
Mayo Clinic: Mononucleosis
Includes everything from signs & symptoms to self-care resources


Nutrition Navigator from Tufts University
National Agricultural Library
The Food and Nutrition Information Center from the USDA
American Dietetic Association
Nutrition Information
Includes food facts, safety, research, and resources
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
United States Department of Agriculture
Check out this interactive tool for individualized meal planning guidance.

Organ Donation

How to Become a Donor
Share your Life
Coalition on Donation
All About Organ Transplantation & Donation
United Network for Organ Sharing
MedlinePlus: Organ Donation
Basic info on organ donation/transplantation
Minnesota's own organ donation organization

Pap Exam/Pap Smear

All About The Pap Exam
Cervical Cancer & Pap Exam Information


Pregnancy & Childbirth Pnformation
National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Pregnancy Rducation From The DHHS
MedlinePlus: Pregnacy
Reliable info on everything from nutrition to specific conditions
America's Pregnancy Helpline
MedlinePlus: Teenagepregnancy
Information specifically targeted for teenagers
Adolescent Pregnancy Info & Facts From the CDC

Rape/Date Rape/Sexual Assault

Rape Victim Advocates
National Sexual Assault Hotline
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network is the largest anti-sexual assault organization
Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Men Can Stop Rape
Organization empowers young men to help prevent rape and violence against women
MedlinePlus: Rape
Education resources on rape presented by the National Institutes of Health
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

Self Esteem

The National Association for Self Esteem
Helping You Build Your Self Esteem & Confidence
Kidshealth: Self Esteem

Self Injury

SAFE Alternatives
Self-Abuse Finally Ends
Self Harm
Self Injury: A Struggle
Self Injury: I Keep Cutting Myself…

Sleep Disorders

Sleep Information
National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
Information for the public on sleep disorders from the NIH
National Sleep Foundation
Listing of sleep disorders from The Sleep Foundation
National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Includes facts about various sleep disorders and a sleep I.Q. quiz
The Sleep Center at Mayo Clinic
The Better Sleep Council
Contains tips for better sleep

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Sexual Health

Smarter Sex
STDs and Infections
Go Ask Alice
Columbia University's health education database
Planned Parenthood
Guide to various STIs
American Social Health Association
A guide to sexual health and STIs
Sexual Health InfoCenter
Teens & Sexual Health Information


Smallpox Information
Health & Human Services: Smallpox


Tobacco Information &Prevention Source
American Lung Association
Joe Chemo: Tobacco
The Smoke Free Coalition
Tobacco Free
Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center
Quit All Together
Tobacco Free Kids
American Cancer Society
The Partnership – For a Drug Free America
Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium
Become an Ex-Smoker Re-learn life without cigarettes
[PDF] Don't Pass Gas (PDF)


Steroids Information
NIDA: Steroids


American Institute of Stress
Anxiety Disorders Association
Go Ask Alice: Stress & Anxiety
Columbia University's health education website

Substance Abuse

Drug Net
Parents. The Anti–Drug
CSAP's Centers For The Application of Prevention Technologies
The Partnership: For a Drug Free America
U.S Department of Health & Human Services
The Addiction Recovery Guide
Office of National Drug Control


Suicide & Suicide Prevention
American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
National Strategy For Suicide Prevention


Skin Cancer Foundation

Travelers Health

Travelers‘ Health Information
MedlinePlus: Traveler's Health


Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
United States Department of Justice
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Violence Against Women
Feminist Majority Foundation Online

Weight Issues

Something Fishy: Eating Disoders
Health at Every Size
Body Positive
Weight Watchers
Shape Up America
National Weight Control Registry