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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
HIV prevention education, advocacy, awareness and services
The Rural Aids Action Network
Client services, risk reduction, advocacy and awareness for rural Minnesota
One-stop access to U.S. Government HIV/AIDS information
HIV/AIDS data and reports from the Minnesota Department of Health
Print and online information for people living with HIV and AIDS


A multi-media communication campaign designed to reduce excessive drinking by young men
The National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
Provides support to those who need assistance with alcoholism and drug dependence
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Leaders in alcohol use research and national efforts to reduce alcohol-related problems
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
Blood/Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) calculator
Online blood alcohol content calculator
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Public policy reform to reduce negative health and social consequences of drinking
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


General information about anthrax from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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 and information categorized by cancer type
American Cancer Society
Non-profit organization providing programs and services to fight cancer
American Institute for Cancer Research
Source for cutting-edge research, news, pratical tools and information to help prevent and survive cancer
Mayo Clinic
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
Information about cardiovascular diseases and treatments
MedlinePlus: Heart Diseases
General heart disease info from the National Institutes of Health


American Heart Association
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
Keyword search function for specific club drug information
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
Minnesota Department of Health site with synthetic drug facts, signs of use, and resources


A cocaine addiction recovery program based on a twelve-step recovery method
InfoFacts: Crack & Cocaine
The National Institute on Drug Abuse
MedlinePlus: Cocaine Abuse
The National Institutes of Health
Cocaine & Crack Addiction Info
General information about cocaine and crack

Contraceptives/Birth Control

An online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
[PDF] Birth Control Guide (914 KiB)
Birth Control Guide by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Detailed information on a variety of reversible and permanent methods of contraception


National Institute of Mental Health
General information about depression, causes, signs/symptoms, treatments
Psychology Information Online
Extensive overview of depression and other mental health topics
Mental Health America
Community based network providing extensive information about depression
Mayo Clinic
Depression diagnosis, treatment and general information
Go Ask Alice
Columbia University's health education website
Healthy Minds
American Psychiatric Association sources of information


Diabetes Research Institute
Current research and news updates about diabetes
Centers for Disease Control
A diabetes public health resource
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 diabetes resource database
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Diabetes info from the National Institute of Health

Domestic Violence

Fact sheets, publications, and support resources for survivors
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Trained advocates available 24/7 to get answers to questions
The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
Provides publications, fact sheets, and resources for survivors and family members
U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
Publications, reports, case highlights, and legal briefs

Drunk Driving

Information about driving under the influence, underage drinking, and victim support
Students Against Destructive Decisions
Resources for underage drinking prevention, including driving under the influence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Impaired driving statistics, injury prevention and research
National data, prevention programs, and toolkits

Eating Disorders

Something Fishy
Includes basic ED info, treatment options, and awareness
National Eating Disorders Association
Supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders
Non-profit organization for prevention and alleviation of eating disorders
MedlinePlus: Eating Disorders
ED info from the National Institutes of Health
Overeaters Anonymous Organization
Recovery program for compulsive overeating based on a twelve-step program

Ecstasy (MDMA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse
DrugFacts sheet outlining short-term and long-term effects
Dance Safe
Health and safety information from the rave and nightclub community
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
color photos, street names, general information


Shape Up America
Nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving healthy weight for life
Gatorade Sports Science Institute
Research articles on exerices, fitness and nutrition
American Council on Exercise
Online, guided program designed to help reach fitness goals
Exercise Prescription on the Internet
Free resource featuring exercise libraries, fitness assessment calculators and reference articles
MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness
Exercise and physical fitness information from 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

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Information and resources about FASD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information from the CDC on FASD
National Institutes of Health information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Features a state-by-state resource directory

General Health

Health Finder
An online, searchable federal government health topic library
General listing of diseases and conditions
Health information from the National Institutes of Health
Mayo Clinic
Patient care and health information
Go Ask Alice
General health info for college students from the Columbia University


National education organization focused on safe schools for all students
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
International organization dedicated to human rights advocacy
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Reports, research, public policy and online organizing
Outfront Minnesota
Organization providing programs and services to Minnesota's LGBT and allied communities


Grief directory featuring tools, support and information
Medline Plus
Grief and grieving information from the National Institutes of Health
Mayo Clinic
Unresolved grief (complicated grief) information
Go Ask Alice
Grief and loss information for college students from Columbia University


FAQs, topic sheets, and tools for sufferers
American Headache Society Committee for Headache Education
news, information for patients, podcasts
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Headache information from the National Institutes of Health


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
General information about viral hepatitis
Hepatitis Foundation International
Hepatitis information and liver care
The Hepatitis B Foundation
Outreach program, online education, and patient advocacy
The National Institutes of Health resources for all forms of hepatitis
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Hepatitis A through E information from the National Institutes of Health

Herbal Drugs/Supplements

Herbs at a Glance fact sheets including basic information, common names, potential side effects and resources for more information
Consumer Lab
Results of independent testing of herbs and supplements
Searchable list of dietary supplements and herbal remedies including information about effectiveness, dosage, and drug interactions


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information on seasonal flu in the United States
World Health Organization
Global influenza information including outbreak news
General influenza info from the National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Learn the basics about flu: causes, complications, and prevention

Injury Prevention

Injury and violence data, statistics, and prevention information
Provides abstracts and reports relevant to preventing and researching unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm
Injury Prevention Research Center
Injury prevention and reduction resources
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Driving and vehicle safety
American Red Cross
Water safety


Extensive marijuana addiction and treatment information
Extensive marijuana information from the National Institutes of Health
Marijuana Anonymous World Services
Marijuana user support group website
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Marijuana research including therapeutic benefits and health effects
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Marijuna FAQs, state laws related to marijuana, and public health impacts of legalization


Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccine Information Statements
Information about MMR vaccine from National Institutes of Health


Extensive information offered by a UK site
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Basic meningitis and meningoccocal disease information
Causes, symptoms, tests and treatments for meningitis

Methamphetamines ("Meth")

Methamphetamine effects and addiction facts
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Extensive methamphetamine information
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Information and statistics from the White House 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


Accurate information to support healthy eating
Online access to government information on food and human nutrition
Food and Drug Administration
Includes food facts, safety, research, and resources
Check out this interactive site for individualized meal planning, weight management and calorie guidance

Organ Donation

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services site materials and resources
United Network for Organ Sharing
Donation and transplanation information
MedlinePlus: Organ Donation
Basic info on organ donation/transplantation
LifeSource Organ and Tissue Donation
Minnesota organ and tissue donation information

Pap Exam/Pap Smear

Information about the pap test and related information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Cervical cancer screening information including pap test
Great site that explains the pap test, answers common questions, and explains how the test is done
Pelvic exam information, including the Pap test


Up-to-date U.S. teen pregnancy data and statistics, featured topics and great graphics
MedlinePlus: Pregnacy
Reliable info on everything from nutrition to specific conditions from the National Institutes of Health
Centers for Diease Control and Prevention
Helpful information for before, during, and after pregnancy.  Scientific articles.  Ways to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy.

Rape/Date Rape/Sexual Assault

On-campus services and information
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
Anti-sexual assault organization providing information links, online hotline for victims, and international resources
Men Can Stop Rape
Organization empowers young men to help prevent rape and violence against women
Sexual assault fact sheets
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Resources on sexual violence, prevention and related topics
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
Electronic clearinghouse of articles, bibliographies, toolkits, training and more

Self Esteem

Resources and materials for classroom curriculum and personal use.

Self Injury

Information and support community for self-harmers
Mental Health America
Advocay organization providing mental health information including self-injury
Mental Health and self-injury information

Sleep Disorders

National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
Sleep research, training and education from the National Institutes of Health
National Sleep Foundation
Sleep health, problems, disorders, tools, tips, and directory of sleep professionals
National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Includes facts about various sleep disorders and a sleep I.Q. quiz
The Better Sleep Council
Contains tips for better sleep
Extensive information on sleep basics, brain function during sleep, sleep disorders, and healthy sleep tips

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Sexual Health

Go Ask Alice
Columbia University's health education questions and answers database
American Sexual Health Association
A guide to sexual health and STIs
Sexually transmitted diseases and conditions
STI information from the American Sexual Health Association


Smallpox disease and vaccination basics
Smallpox overview, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and screening information


Smoking and tobacco use fact sheets, publications, and research
American Lung Association
Smoking/Tobacco use information, quit resources, and tobacco control advocacy
Joe Chemo
Web site dedicated to present an honest image of smoking
Online quit community, resources, support, and information
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Policy support to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit, and prevent exposure to secondhand smoke
American Cancer Society
Tobacco and cancer information
Become an Ex-Smoker
Free quit smoking plan.  Re-learn life without cigarettes.


Anabolic steroid information from the National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Statistics, trends, published reports, and related resources.


Non-profit website with information on stress reduction, stress in the workplace, effects of stress, and other stress related topics
Go Ask Alice: Stress & Anxiety
Columbia University's health education website
General stress information, tips on managing stress, and stress news

Substance Abuse

Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug data by topic, location, demographic
Addiction prevention and treatment information
The Addiction Recovery Guide
Assists individuals struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism find the help that best suits their needs
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Policy, research, prevention, treatment and recovery information from the White House


Research, education and advocacy
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
How to get help, links to crisis centers, information about mental health and prevention


Provides skin cancer education, prevention, early detection, and treatment information
General information on skin tanning, UV exposure, UV emitting products, and skin protection
Indoor tanning information

Travelers Health

Information for travelers and clinicians
Travelers health information from the National Institutes of Health


Electronic clearinghouse with information about child abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, workplace violence and youth violence
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
24/7 help for domestic violence
Office on Violence Against Women
United States Department of Justice
Violence prevention

Weight Issues

Awareness eating disorders and support to people with them
Shape Up America!
Responsible information on healthy weight management
American Council on Exercise
Weight management information for long-term success