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The College of Health is an integral part of the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University

Students in the College of Health engage challenging and contemporary curricula under the direction of highly skilled and nationally-recognized faculty. All programs in the COH are nationally accredited and graduates across all programs boast high employment/placement rates. College of Health graduates are highly regarded by their employers; many have become prominent leaders in their fields.

Academic programs within the College of Health represent some of the fastest growing occupations across the nation. Visit these programs' websites and learn why the College of Health has become a destination site for students pursuing careers in the allied health professions.

School of Nursing

School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences

Community and Public Health


Dental Hygiene

Dental Sciences

Emergency Services

Family Medicine

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Nutrition and Dietetics

Physician Assistant Studies

Radiographic Science

ISU Clinics


Barbara Gordon headshot

The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics named Barbara J. Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND, Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for 2020. This award recognizes members who have demonstrated leadership within the organization or employment through research, education, management or legislation. Recipients of this award have also served as an outstanding role model of professionalism and as a source of inspiration to others in nutrition and dietetics.

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James Bitter headshot

James Bitter, Ed.D., has been named the 2020 Idaho State University Professional Achievement Award recipient in the College of Health Professions. He is a 1975 graduate with a Doctor of Education degree in Counselor Education.

Bitter is the author or co-author of 4 books. He has also authored more than seventy journal articles, chapters, and videotapes. He is the featured master therapist on the video for Adlerian family therapy on the series Family Therapy with the Experts. Bitter has participated in establishing and supporting five family education centers in the United States, and contributing to the development of another five throughout the world. He is an international trainer in Adlerian psychotherapy, and he has conducted workshops and training programs in England, Ireland, Korea, Malta, Peru, Slovenia, and Romania, to name a few.Bitter works as a Professor of Counseling and Human Services at East Tennessee State University. He is a Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology (NASAP, 2002), and the former Editor of the Journal of Individual Psychology. He is past President of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP), a position he held from 2016-2018.

He has been married to Anita Lynn Williams for 37 years; they have two daughters.

Clinical Assistant Professor Char Byington, MEd, RDN published the article, "Beta Rho Wins First Place Award for the Professional Project" in the Fall 2019 issue of The Candle: Journal of Phi Upsilon Omicron. Beta Rho is the ISU chapter of Phi U, a scholastic honor society with more than 100,000 members that recognizes academic achievement among students in the field of family and consumer science. The ISU Chapter was recognized for its outstanding work on the ISU Nutrition Fair.

 Barb Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, co-published, "Medical Nutrition Therapy for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome—Does One Size Fit All?". A Narrative Review on Dietary Treatment for Adolescents and Young Adults in the January issue of Topics in Clinical Nutrition. Co-authors included two dietitians from Long Island University-Post and a pediatrician with the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center.