Community and Public Health

Program Director and Associate Professor: Fore

Assistant Professor: Lindsay

Visiting Assistant Professor: Schow

Public Health

The goal of public health is to improve the health of populations through planning, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote health and prevent disease and injury. Public health professionals utilize a combination of social, environmental, legislative, and economic support to improve health programs designed to create a healthier population. ISU offers a Graduate Certificate in Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH).  Classes are offered both face-to-face and online. Students may attend classes on the Meridian or Pocatello campuses or through synchronous or asynchronous online formats.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is an 18-credit program that is designed for graduate students currently enrolled in other academic programs and working professionals who would like to expand their knowledge of public health. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Curriculum includes courses that address the public health core knowledge areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health sciences.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The MPH Program at ISU is accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH).  The 48-credit curriculum has been developed to meet the Public Health Foundational Competencies required for all CEPH-accredited programs.  In addition to the traditional public health core knowledge areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health sciences, the curriculum also addresses cross-cutting and emerging public health areas.  Upon completion of the MPH program, graduates will demonstrate the following competencies:

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health                    

1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice         

2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context                               

3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate                              

4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice                 

Public Health & Health Care Systems                     

5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings                            

6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels                    

Planning & Management to Promote Health                     

7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health                             

8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs               

9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention                     

10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management                          

11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs       

Policy in Public Health                  

12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence

13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes                             

14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations                       

15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity            


16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making                         

17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges                     


18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors                

19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation                               

20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content                      

Interprofessional Practice                          

21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams        

Systems Thinking                            

22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue