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Idaho State University

Mission Statement

Idaho State University's Kasiska Division of Health Sciences provides leadership in the delivery of rural health care by educating caring and competent professionals across all dimensions of health and promoting interprofessional research and practice in the health sciences.


The Kasiska Division of Health Sciences is a destination site for health profession education.

Core Values

Professional Integrity - Promoting professional ethical standards and respecting the integrated roles of all health professionals.
Holistic Approach to Health - Emphasizing a comprehensive view of human health, including curative and preventive dimensions.
Collaboration - Recognizing the value of internal and external partnerships through professional and community engagement.
Discovery and Innovation - Seeking new evidence to improve health.
Dedication - Supporting the mission and vision of the KDHS.
Excellence - Striving for excellence in all aspects of professional, academic and personal endeavors.

Kasiska Division of Health Sciences Leadership Team

Rex Force, PharmD, Vice President for Health Sciences
Christopher Owens, PharmD, MPH,
 Associate Vice President for Health Sciences - Pocatello
Patricia Marincic, PhD, RDN, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences - Meridian
Brian Hickenlooper, Assistant Vice President for Clinical Services
William Woodhouse, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Professional Relations
Vacant, Dean, College of Health Professions (please contact Liz Bowers at 208-282-4665)
Karen Neill, PhD, RN, Interim Dean, College of Nursing
Walter L. Fitzgerald, Jr., BPharm, MS, JD, 
Dean, College of Pharmacy
Kathleen Kangas, PhD, Dean, College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences

Goal Areas

Goal 1 - To provide high quality programs that are efficient, cost effective, and student oriented.
Goal 2 - To create an environment conducive to inquiry.  
Goal 3 - To facilitate interprofessional health services to the community.
Goal 4 - To expand/improve the image and reach of the KDHS as a destination site for health professions education.