Public Health Faculty and Staff
Elizabeth Fore, PhD
Department Chair and Assistant Professor
Office: Reed Gym #241
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
Current Courses Taught
MPH 6604: Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health
MPH 6620: Health Program Planning and Evaluation
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, PhD, MPH
Office: 1311 E. Central Dr., Meridian, ID 83642
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
US & Global Health Systems, Epidemiology, Technological Applications in Health
Substance use, Tobacco, HIV, Tuberculosis, Social determinants of health, and the household production of health.
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
Office: Reed Gym #243B
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
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
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
Administrative Assistant I
Office: Reed Gym 242
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