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Impact 2020 Report

This Impact Report is about the work and accomplishments of the College of Health Sciences in 2020, a year like no other.

The perseverance and resiliency of our students, faculty, staff and community partners was something to behold. They prevailed with compassion on the frontlines of the pandemic, adapted to new learning environments, and focused on a strong recovery for the college after COVID.

Message from the Dean

We learned that the impact of our past investments in academic advising, health services, and online learning enabled the College of Health Sciences to pivot efficiently, to provide holistic resources remotely, and to support students at unprecedented levels.

New graduate and certificate programs in respiratory care and value-based healthcare graduated their first cohorts in 2020 and genetic counseling celebrated their first graduates in spring 2021. Faculty reimagined campus-based courses and transitioned to virtual or hybrid classes. Simulation learning was increased to provide essential clinical training without compromising quality or safety. It was remarkable to witness, they were nimble and unstoppable.

Our students are compassionate, caring people who strive to make a positive impact on the world. That drive took on new meaning in 2020. On Campus, public health students helped to start up the Boise State contact tracing program. Student peer advisors augmented advising staff to help classmates stay connected and on-track with their academic programs and career goals.

The purpose of the teaching, research and service conducted by the College of Health Sciences remains unchanged, we educate the next generation of health professionals who advance life-long health. The current disruptions and challenges are sparking innovation across the college as we continue our work and strive for student success.

We know Idaho, our region and the nation are counting on Boise State graduates. We believe the impact of 2020 will make them uniquely strong, adaptable leaders and practitioners in ways we cannot yet imagine.

Dr. Tim Dunnagan

Dean, College of Health Sciences

A College Introduction from Our Students

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Ian Taylor

Bachelor of Science in Public Health Student

Higher Education allows students to reflect about ourselves, make mistakes, grow as an individual and learn how we approach change and how we deal with our struggles. The College of Health Sciences believes in an equitable community, where all students are valued and provided guidance for their future, whether what is going to professional school or joining the workforce. Student success is fostered through community relationships, opportunity, and experience.

Throughout the rigorous coursework offered, as well as success to resources like academic advising and research opportunities, a variety of student clubs, and special presentations on relevant topics, students are able to develop into who they want to be. College of Health Sciences students help to set the bar of expectation and success throughout the entire university, because of our involvement and academic success. I believe Boise State’s College of Health Sciences helps to create and assist the next generation of the healthcare workforce.

Jennifer Nguyen, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Health Education and Promotion Student

Jennifer Nguyen

Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Health Education and Promotion Student

The College of Health Sciences provides degree programs and resources specifically for students interested in pursuing a career pathway within the health field. The college supports students throughout their academic journey with advising, internships, leadership and research opportunities, beyond the classroom experiences, and networking. The college values and supports student growth.

Even with the struggles of the pandemic, the College of Health Sciences still strives to improve campus life and the community overall. Numerous events are still taking place such as the Career Fair and advising workshops. The College also assists students to be more involved within the community. This helps students to network with working professionals within their career interests and builds a foundation for students to grow, learn and be more involved whether on campus or off campus.

Fall 2020 Enrollment

There were 5,214 total students enrolled in the College of Health Sciences

4,464 Undergrad Students

750 Graduate Students

2019-2020 Graduates

Total Graduates: 1,357

Bachelor Degrees: 1,047

Undergraduate Certificates: 16

Master’s Degrees: 282

Graduate Certificates: 16

Doctoral Degrees: 7

Campus Impact

Local Impact

Local and National Impact

Idaho Impact

Research Impact

Vital Support to Foster Our Success

Alumni and friends of Boise State provide vital support for the College of Health Sciences that fosters student success, advances Idaho, and strengthens a culture of innovation and global impact.

The gifts given in 2020 responded to immediate needs and long-term excellence. Scholarship gifts encouraged our students to pursue their dreams and removed financial barriers. Other gifts provided infrastructure and technology to advance research and teaching. While contributions to the College of Health Sciences Dean’s Fund for Excellence funded new academic programs, clinical equipment, and enriched the student experience.

We are grateful for the generous contributions given to the College of Health Sciences and the confidence they represent in our work and in our students.

Please let us know how your family or business would like to help. Contact our advancement team to explore the opportunities to make your impact at Boise State.

Heather Jauregui
Senior Director of Development
(208) 426-4138

Megan Orthmeyer
Director of Development
(208) 426-2564