Public Health Program



Reed Gym #242

921 South 8th Avenue

Stop 8109

Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8109

Public Health Faculty and Staff

Elizabeth Fore

Elizabeth Fore, PhD

Department Chair and Assistant Professor


Ryan Lindsay

Ryan Lindsay, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Office: 1311 E. Central Dr., Meridian, ID 83642


Brief Biography:
I am interested in global health and how substance use, including smoking, influences HIV and tuberculosis. My research has highlighted the plight of homeless, addicted, immigrant, and sex worker populations.

Master of Public Health: Brigham Young University
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (Global Health emphasis):University of California San Diego/San Diego State University joint doctoral program
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of California San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

Teaching Interests:
US & Global Health Systems, Epidemiology, Technological Applications in Health

Research Interests:
Substance use, Tobacco, HIV, Tuberculosis, Social determinants of health, and the household production of health.

Selected publications:
Lindsay, R. P., Shin, S. S., Garfein, R. S., Rusch, M. L., & Novotny, T. E. (2014). The Association between active and passive smoking and latent tuberculosis infection in adults and children in the United States: results from NHANES. PLoS One, 9(3), e93137. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093137

Shin, S. S., Xiao, D., Cao, M., Wang, C., Li, Q., Chai, W. X., Lindsay, R. P., Usita, P. & Novotny, T. E. (2012). Patient and doctor perspectives on incorporating smoking cessation into tuberculosis care in Beijing, China. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 16(1), 126-132. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.11.0044

Njord, L., Merrill, R. M., Njord, R., Lindsay, R., & Pachano, J. D. (2010). Drug use among street children and non--street children in the Philippines. Asia-Pacific journal of public health. 22(2), 203-211. doi: 10.1177/1010539510361515

Jingjing Niu

Jingjing Niu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym #243B


Brief Biography: In the past six years, she has designed and taught more than a
dozen health promotion related courses. As an active researcher, she
co-investigated 14 research projects, and coordinated on 3 research
projects and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application
during the past 5 years. As a health educator, she coordinated a
variety of health promotion events on campus and in the community.

PhD (Health Behavior major and Educational Inquiry Methodology minor) - Indiana University-Bloomington

Research Interests:
obesity management and technology-based intervention

Maren Nelson

Maren Nelson

Administrative Assistant I

Office: Reed Gym 242

(208) 282-2729

BS (Health Education and Promotion), 2012, Idaho State University

I am a native to Southeast Idaho, born and raised here in Pocatello. When my family and I have time away from work we love being in the outdoors with our two Labs, Diesel, and Ruger. I am nearly finished with my Master of Health Education from Idaho State University, anticipated graduation date is December 2017.

Hobbies: Being with my family, the outdoors, camping, crafts, interior design, cooking

Affiliate and Adjunct Faculty

  • Galen Louis, PhD
  • Judy Thorne
  • Rick Tivis, MPH


921 South 8th Avenue
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