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Idaho State University

Department of Community and Public Health

We are now accepting applications for Graduate Teaching Assistants! Fill out the Graduate Teaching Assistant Application to be considered for Fall 2020.

Notice: DCPH is working remotely.

There is little doubt in today's world that public health, health promotion and disease prevention strategies are on nearly every national healthcare agenda. As a society, we have learned that a full measure of health and a better quality of life are within the grasp of most people. The lifestyle choices a person makes today may influence that individual's health forever.

The programs offered from the Department of Community and Public Health prepare students to work with individuals, groups, and organizations to educate and facilitate the voluntary adoption of actions and behaviors conducive to health. Students are also prepared to perform the following seven areas of responsibilities and competencies of entry-level and advanced-level health education specialists as described by NCHEC:

  1. Assess needs, resources, and capacity for health education/promotion
  2. Plan health education/promotion
  3. Implement health education/promotion
  4. Conduct evaluation and research related to health education/promotion
  5. Administer and manage health education/promotion
  6. Serve as a health education/promotion resource person
  7. Communicate, promote, and advocate for health, health education/promotion, and the profession

Or, consider a Masters of Science in Health Informatics, where information and technology are united to improve healthcare delivery systems. 

For more information about any of the programs, please contact the Department of Community and Public Health via phone (208-282-2729), email ( or visit our office located in Reed Gymnasium #242 on the Pocatello campus.





The Public Health Student Association of Idaho State University’s mission is to promote public health education, awareness, and activities at ISU. During the 2018-2019 academic year, PHSA demonstrated excellence in fulfilling their purpose and made extensive contributions to ISU and the surrounding community.

Through general meetings, club events and activities, and public outreach, PHSA made a significant positive impact while providing members with opportunities to practice the NCHEC Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) Competencies and Sub-competencies, strengthening academic learning and gaining real-world experience.

PHSA’s approach to schedule planning focused on the Dimensions of Wellness. “Wellness is an approach to health that focuses on balancing the many aspects, or dimensions, of a person’s life” (Joint Committee on Health Education and Promotion Terminology, 2012). The Dimensions of Wellness include: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Social, Environmental, and Spiritual. Each PHSA event focused on enhancing a dimension and creating a fuller measure of health and wellness.

Examples include: participating in the ISU Homecoming parade, hosting documentary screenings, a CPR certification course, organizing a blood drive, participating in various health fairs, CommUniversity, and the ISU Gender Resource Center Positive Body Image Symposium, planning an ISU campus clean-up competition, and completing a service project donating artificial Christmas trees decorated with health-enhancing items and delivered to area agencies serving those in need.

PHSA is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of all.