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The Public Health Student Association of Idaho State University’s mission is to promote public health education, awareness, and activities at ISU. During the 2018-2019 academic year, PHSA demonstrated excellence in fulfilling their purpose and made extensive contributions to ISU and the surrounding community.

Through general meetings, club events and activities, and public outreach, PHSA made a significant positive impact while providing members with opportunities to practice the NCHEC Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) Competencies and Sub-competencies, strengthening academic learning and gaining real-world experience.

PHSA’s approach to schedule planning focused on the Dimensions of Wellness. “Wellness is an approach to health that focuses on balancing the many aspects, or dimensions, of a person’s life” (Joint Committee on Health Education and Promotion Terminology, 2012). The Dimensions of Wellness include: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Social, Environmental, and Spiritual. Each PHSA event focused on enhancing a dimension and creating a fuller measure of health and wellness.

Examples include: participating in the ISU Homecoming parade, hosting documentary screenings, a CPR certification course, organizing a blood drive, participating in various health fairs, CommUniversity, and the ISU Gender Resource Center Positive Body Image Symposium, planning an ISU campus clean-up competition, and completing a service project donating artificial Christmas trees decorated with health-enhancing items and delivered to area agencies serving those in need.

PHSA is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of all.

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The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is an official ISU student organization since the early 2000s. The purposes of PHSA are to organize undergraduate and graduates students in interdisciplinary fields; Public Health, Health Education, Nursing, SSPE, etc...  and provide extracurricular opportunities for networking, public service, and educational enhancement.


While PHSA is focused primarily on public health and health education, it is open to all Idaho State University students interested in health promotion and public health.


Benefits for Students Joining PHSA


Benefits of joining PHSA include, but are not limited to:


  • Resume Advantage – Club membership indicates additional commitment to your profession. Listing it on your resume gives you distinction; making you “stand out” from others. This is especially true for those who hold leadership positions.
  • Networking – You really do have opportunities to network with ISU alums in public health and others from whom you can learn about professional practice, as well as, make great connections for the future. Attending conferences helps network and keep you up to date on state and national affairs.
  • Increased Knowledge about Current Issues and Practices – become conversant beyond the classroom.
  • Attend State and National Conferences with Support from the Association, ASISU, and the Community – expand your horizons beyond Southeastern Idaho.




Monthly Meetings, Leadership & Service Opportunities


Meetings are held monthly throughout the school year, typically around the noon hour. PHSA holds one fundraising opportunity per semester which generates funds for the club to be used in other events. Additionally, PHSA will facilitate various opportunities to perform healthcare related service to enhance networking and resume-building prospects. We also host various recreational activities throughout the year including pot luck lunches, a yearly Blood Drive through the American Red Cross, blanket drives for local shelters, and donations to various local projects. Please contact any one of the officers below for further information.


Current Officers



Jones Asiegbu

Vice President

Lexy Packer


Kylie Scott


Olivia Burnside

Public Relations

Erin Gilbert

Recruitment Specialist

Olivia House

Faculty Advisor

Melissa Caudle, MHE


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