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Public Health Faculty and Staff

Elizabeth Fore

Elizabeth Fore, PhD

Department Chair and Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym #241


Brief Biography

M. Elizabeth Fore, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Health Program, Chair of the Department of Community and Public Health, and Interim Director of the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.  She joined the faculty at ISU in 2011. She has extensive experience as an evaluator of local and state-level health services programs and as a qualitative researcher of access to care barriers for underserved populations, including, limited-English-proficient Latinos, Medicaid recipients, and rural residents.  Since 2008, she has been the Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator of 18 grants and contracts totaling over $2 million.


Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, 2006                       

Graduate Certificate, University of South Carolina, Women’s Studies, 2004                              

M.Ed., Clemson University, Counseling and Guidance Services, 1994

B.A., Clemson University, Psychology and History, 1992

Curriculum Vitae

Fore CV

Current Courses Taught

MPH 6604:  Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health

MPH 6620: Health Program Planning and Evaluation

Selected publications

Tarp, H.C., Fore, M.E., Nies, M.A., and Febles, C. G. (2016).  What does it mean to be healthy? Hispanics in the Southeastern Idaho agricultural industry. J Immigrant Minority Health. June 11, 2016. DOI 10.1007/s10903-016-0439-6.

Parra-Medina, D., Wilcox, S., Salinas, J., Addy, C., Fore, E., Poston, M.B., and Wilson, D. (2011).  Results of the HHER Lifestyle Trial: A Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Intervention for African American Women Attending Community Health Centers.  American Journal of Public Health, 101, 1914-1921.

Parra-Medina, D., Hilfinger, D. K., Fore, E., Mayo, R., Petry, D., and Prabhu Das, I. (2009) The Partnership for Cancer Prevention: Addressing access to cervical cancer screening among Latinas in South Carolina.  The Journal of the South Carolinas Medical Association, 105 (7) 297-308.

Messias, D. K. H., McLoughlin, K., Fore, M. E., Jennings, L. B., and Parra-Medina, D. (2008). Societal images of youth: Representations and interpretations by youth actively engaged in their communities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 21,(2) 159-178.

Weber, L., and Fore, E.  (2007) Race, ethnicity and health: An intersectional approach.  In Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations. V. Hernan & J. Feagan (eds). Springer Press.

Messias, D., Fore, M. E., McLouglin, K., and Parra-Medina, D.  (2005) Adult Roles in Community-Based Youth Empowerment Programs: Implications for Best Practices.  Family and Community Health, 4, 320-37.

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, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym #243B


 Brief Bio:

I joined Idaho State University (ISU) in August 2015. Before coming to ISU, I worked at Indiana University-Bloomington as a Research Consultant and Associate Instructor. My research interests include mental health, obesity, and lifestyle behaviors including eating behaviors and physical activity.


Master of Science in Health Promotion: Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Public Health

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior: Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Public Health

Curriculum Vitae

Niu CV

Current course taught:

MPH 6602: Biostatistics

MPH/HE 6660: Behavior Change and Application

MPH 6606: Environmental and Occupational Health

MPH 6609: Seminar in Public and Community Health

MH/HE 5599- 01: Health and Aging

MPH/HE 5599-02: Mental Health

Selected Publications:

Seo, D.-C. & Niu, J. (2015). A meta-analysis evaluation of the effect of Internet-based intervention for waist circumference change. Journal of Medical Internet Research 17(7)

Niu, J. & Seo, D.-C. (2014). Central obesity and increased blood pressure: a12 year longitudinal population study of Chinese adults. Preventive Medicine 62:113-118

Niu, J., Seo, D.-C. & Lohrmann D.K. (2014). Weight perception and its correlates in Chinese youth, 2004-2009. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 21:691-699

Maren Nelson

Maren Nelson

Administrative Assistant I

Office: Reed Gym 242

(208) 282-2729

MHE, 2018, Idaho State University

BS (Health Education), 2012, Idaho State University

A native of Southeast Idaho, who enjoys the areas great outdoors. Hobbies include speanding time with family and friends, riding and hiking in the mountains, camping, crafting, cooking, and gardening.

Affiliate and Adjunct Faculty

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


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