Health Education

Elizabeth Fore

Elizabeth Fore, PhD

Department Chair, Assistant Professor





John Batacan

John M. Batacan, PhD, MCHES

Clinical Assistant Professor
Reed Gym 242B
(208) 282-3135

PhD (Education), University of Idaho
EdS (Adult and Organizational Learning and Leadership), University of Idaho
MHE (Health Education), Idaho State University
BS (Physical Education - Exercise Science), University of Puget Sound

After being raised in Washington state, I consider Idaho home now. When I'm not at the office, I enjoy learning to play the guitar, being a dad to four wonderful kids, and running and working out for fitness and and stress relief.

Teaching Areas
Fitness/Wellness Programs, Human Sexuality, Curriculum and Methods, Epidemiology, Elementary Health Education Methods

Research Interests
College student health behavior, attitudes, knowledge, and perceptions; coordinated school health; wellness and student-athletes and student veterans; health literacy

Janette Olsen

Janette Olsen, PhD

Associate Professor
Reed Gym 243A
(208) 282-5194

PhD (Health Promotion and Education), University of Utah
MS (Physical Education - Pedagogy), Brigham Young University
BS (Physical Education - Exercise Science), Brigham Young University
AS (Liberal/General Studies), College of Eastern Utah

I enjoy nature and anything related with racquetball.

Teaching Areas
Behavior Change and Personal Wellness

Research Interests
I am interested in resilience and how resilience training can help individuals make choices to learn, grow and ultimately, excel.  A component of resilience is body image.  I am interested in examining how the process of accessing innate resilience can influence body image and health behaviors. 


Melissa Caudle, MHE

Melissa Caudle, MHE

Reed Gym 242B
(208) 282-2398

Bachelor of Science (Health Education and Promotion), Idaho State University
Master of Health Education, Idaho State University

Teaching Areas: Environmental Health, Curriculum and Methods for Health Education, Community and Public Health, First Year Seminar, Stress and Emotional Health, Introduction to Health Education, Alcohol and Drug Awareness, Practicum

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, yoga, baking and traveling.



Maren Nelson

Administrative Assistant I
Reed Gym 242
(208) 282-2729

BS (Health Education and Promotion), 2012, Idaho State University

I am a native to Southeast Idaho, born and raised here in Pocatello. I'm recently married to my husband, Scott. When he and I have time away from work we love being in the outdoors with our two Labs, Diesel and Ruger. I will be starting my Master's of Health Education program next year and look forward to continuing my education at Idaho State University.

Hobbies: Riding 4-wheelers and snowmobiles, camping, crafts, interior design, cooking


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209