The Office of Environmental Health & Safety works closely with the College’s Keefe Health Center and Center for Counseling and Mental Health, as well as various other departments, to promote and advocate for a healthy campus community.

The following are some general health topics of interest to Amherst College students. If you do not see the topic you’re looking for, or if you would like further information on one of the following topics, please contact the Health Center at

The MRSA bacteria through an electron microscope

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many types of antibiotics. Visit the following sites to learn more.

Health Resources

Always be sure to get your health and illness information from credible sources, whether off- or online. The following sites are a good place to start—they provide authoratative information on a range of health issues.

Please note that the content on these sites are not intended to diagnose or treat any health issue, and the information is not a substitute for the services of a medical professional; all Amherst College students, faculty and staff should consult a healthcare provider for specific medical advice.

Links for Further Information