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College of Health Sciences Impact Report 2023

“What if it turned out better than you could have ever imagined?”


Zach Tyree ’23

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Student commencement speaker, Albertsons Stadium

About the Impact Report

Every two years we create a report about our successes – we call this the Impact Report. On this page you will find content from the 2023 Impact Report. You may also download a PDF version of our magazine-style printed report using the provided link.

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2023 Impact Report

Letter From the Dean


Since our last impact report in 2020, the world has changed. What hasn’t changed, what in fact is front and center for many of us, is the crucial work of this college. We know now (as if we’d had any reason to wonder) just how important sufficient numbers of well-trained graduates in the medical and clinical fields are. How important credible, evidence-based research is. How important meaningful internships are. How important committed and caring instructors are. How important relationships with stakeholders and leaders in the field are.

Much of what you will find in these pages, based on Boise State’s Blueprint for Success and the goals established in that plan is centered on the following five areas:

  • Improve educational access and student success
  • Innovation for institutional impact
  • Advance research and creative activity
  • Foster thriving community
  • Trailblaze programs and partnerships

These pillars have provided for us a durable, reliable structure to grow on through unprecedented circumstances.

Programs, initiatives, courses, research, internships — virtually no area of our college has been left untouched. COHS, Boise State and the Bronco community are coming out of the far side of the global health crisis stronger. More nimble. More innovative. And more caring.

I hope you find yourselves reflected in these pages and inspired by what you have helped to create. Thank you for being part of the legacy we build together. Go COHS, and go Broncos!

Tim Dunnagan
Dean, College of Health Sciences

What College Of Health Sciences Students Are Saying...

Nicolette Missbrenner Photo

Nicolette Missbrenner

Nursing Student

“I feel like I am ready to tackle the world and I’m at a point in my career at Boise State where I can understand why I’m doing what I’m doing.”

Maya Piper

Bachelor of Science in Health Studies
Graduated May 2023

“The thing I love best about Boise State is the enthusiasm everyone has — not only the students but the professors are proud to be here and want to be here. I’ve met a lot of amazing professors who are willing to help students and go out of their way.”

Ashley Stafford Photo

Ashley Stafford

Respiratory Care Student

“In my career, I hope to make people feel better. We see people in very vulnerable positions. Sometimes we’re the last person that can give them love in many situations. So I just hope to fill my career with love and passion in the hospital as well as try to make an impact on the people I meet.”

Improve Educational Access and Student Success

Boise State’s College of Health Sciences is a priceless community resource, equipping the health care professionals of the future with a relevant, cutting-edge education and marketable skills. We work in partnership with industry leaders to enhance the reputation of the university, improve the quality of life in the region and support Idaho’s position in the nation and the world. The college models what it teaches and researches: healthy and innovative ways of living, learning and working.

COHS By the Numbers

26% of undergraduates on the Dean’s List with GPA of 3.5+


First Generation Students


Percentile of first time pass rates for all licensing exams


Students receiving a scholarship/grant

Enrollment and Degrees

CategoryUniversity Undergraduate StudentsCOHS Undergraduate StudentsUniversity Graduate StudentsCOHS Graduate Students
Enrollment22,9264,368 (19%)3,200853 (33%)
Degrees3,9451,157 (29%)1,088359 (33%)

COHS Scholarships


Endowed Scholarship Funds


Value of Endowed Scholarships


Program Scholarships Available

General Cost of Attendance for Idaho Residents

Undergraduate MajorsKinesiology, Public Health, Social WorkNursing, Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Care
Full-time Tuition, Professional, Course, Curriculum, Health and Background Check Costs$10,108$10,990-12,227
Off Campus Housing, Food, Transportation, and Personal Costs$17,146$17,146

Jacob Allen on his student job as a peer academic advisor

“I saw the impact my role had on pre-nursing students. It was rewarding to see students feel confident in their academics and connected to the student nursing community.”

The College of Health Sciences delivers high-touch, personalized advising that starts before students’ first day of classes. They receive practical experiences and knowledge guided by committed, compassionate instructors who continue to root and advocate for graduates long after the pomp and circumstance.

Clinicals and Field Placements by the numbers






Affiliate Agreements Across the U.S.

Amanda McGoldrick

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care
Expected graduation
December 2024

“I really like the clinicals where I have the ability to go and actually do patient care and that I’m able to apply what I’ve learned in class to patient care. I think that’s pretty crucial because you can’t go into a field without having any knowledge or experience, and so I feel like having that background has been really nice to apply those concepts in real life.”


COHS leadership, in collaboration with students, graduates and leaders in the field, are envisioning and delivering the programming that today’s health care demands. With a shortage of genetic counselors nationwide, Boise State created the first fully online genetic counseling program in the U.S. Utilizing simulation experiences helped the School of Nursing to expand their pre-licensure cohort from 60 to 80 students.

Boise State and the Healthcare Financial Management Association partnered to create the new Master of Population and Health Systems Management program. This online program for healthcare administrators focuses on value-based care. Students earn a master’s degree from Boise State and critical financial management certificates from the association simultaneously.

A family tree tracing genetic traits and DNA strands on a tablet.

National Excellence

Online Education Leader

The College of Health Sciences is a firmly established leader addressing critical workforce needs in Idaho and beyond through our online programs. With a proud history of 16 years in online program delivery, we have successfully nurtured the advancement of healthcare education with 4,642 online alumni.

We enroll more healthcare students online than any other higher education institution in Idaho. This success contributed to the remarkable growth of our online programs across the country, enabling us to transcend geographical barriers and ensure access to affordable, quality education for students across Idaho.

The map below shows the distribution of online students enrolled in the college’s programs.  View an accessible table of this data.

Online Program Data


COHS students are in fully online programs.


Fully online programs


Graduate program at the university is the MSW Online
Sabrina Ingram-Rajan '23 Master of Athletic Training applies preventative taping to NFL player Tyler Kroft's shoe during her summer internship with the San Francisco 49ers

Workforce Ready Broncos

Athletic trainers, nurses, respiratory therapists, public health professionals, genetic counselors, imaging technologists — all are in high demand and the professionals trained at Boise State are known and sought after globally.

What’s the secret? Decades of relationships have been forged among clinics, hospitals and health systems, government entities, industry executives and College of Health Sciences’ administrators and instructors. Other ingredients include steadily growing donor support; connections between graduates in the field and students in the classroom; cutting-edge programming and an appetite to innovate; and meaningful internship, fellowship, and research opportunities. Tenacity on the part of students and faculty members alike ensures COHS grads land the jobs and careers of their dreams — often even before they receive their diplomas and certificates.

Daniel Connaughton is a student pursuing the new online Bachelor of Science in Advanced Medical Imaging and a Certificate in Interventional Radiology and Interventional Cardiology.

Elke Shaw-Tulloch

“Many of the professionals across the state are eligible for retirement within the next decade,” she said. “I look at the quality of Boise State graduates from all fields and consider Idaho to be very lucky to have an institution with this caliber and connections. The university offers wonderful programs with robust offerings.”Elke Shaw-Tulloch, Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health 1992, Master of Health Science 2002, Administrator, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Public Health


COHS Broncos are bold in their thinking and thrilled to partner with colleagues at Boise State and across the globe. Research partnerships that are moving the needle when it comes to the human condition include the collaboration between Boise State’s Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and the COHS Department of Kinesiology through the Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research. Students and faculty members take on meaningful questions having to do with human movement — with the potential to change an untold number of lives for the better.

Master of Public Health graduate, won the Boise State and Idaho Three Minute Thesis Competitions. He placed second at the Western Association of Graduate Schools competition.

Adrian Rodriguez

“My research experience has strengthened my passion for addressing health disparities and inequalities among marginalized communities.”Adrian Rodriguez

From Field To Lab

Field research photo

Thinking outside the box often means taking the thinking outside the classroom — sometimes, miles from the classroom. In the School of Public and Population Health, ongoing research in agricultural fields and settings on the impacts of pesticides on farm workers and related environmental risks is critical to our understanding of an increasingly interconnected world.

Jessica Porter doing lab work


Jessica Porter ’15 Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health was a research assistant in Boise State’s Agricultural Health Lab.  She worked with Cynnie Curl, associate professor for the School of Public and Population Health, to study the effects of pesticide on farmworkers.

Total Research Expenditures


Total Research Expenditures 21-23

University Health Services

Health Services is an integrated clinic supporting student and employee health and well-being.

18,853 Clinic Appointments Total


Medical Appointments





Supporting Mental Health on Campus

Ayako Otani, counselor and clinical coordinator for Health Services, listens to a student during a counseling session.

The COHS family — students, faculty and staff — can be counted on to support all those who are part of the Bronco community. Bronco students lobbied to have their own fees increased to ensure their friends and colleagues had access to needed mental health resources. University Health Services within the COHS stepped up and doubled down, expanding its scheduling to meet the increasing mental health and wellness needs of students and employees alike.

BroncoFit - Wellness for Students and Employees

Peer Health Educators Abby Brinkley and Sydney Moir pose with Kirby a therapy dog.
Peer Health Educators Abby Brinkley and Sydney Moir pose with Kirby a therapy dog.

BroncoFit is the wellness division of Health Services. Their powerhouse team partnered with representatives from across Boise State to shape and refresh programming. They have charged ahead, keeping campus on the move with a full slate of active, healthy choices.

Foster Thriving Community

Blue Sky Institute

COHS is proud to play an active part in the Blue Sky Institute and the Student Basic Needs Collaborative, laser-focused on making sure all students have access to sound, and safe nutrition and housing.

Alumni Employees

Spring 2023 Data








Faculty Alumni


Alumni Adjuncts


Alumni Staff
Our alumni return to campus as faculty, adjunt professors and staff who bring their professional experience and remarkable talents to educate students.

Alumni Employees

Travis Armstrong, clinical assistant professor for the Department of Radiologic Sciences, teaches X-ray placement with a high-fidelity manikin. Armstrong graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Boise State in 2000, began precepting for his alma mater in 2017 and joined the faculty full-time in 2020.

Trailblaze Programs and Partnerships

Whether it is funding or donations, the contribution of time, talent and expertise, or the gracious hosting and precepting of students as they hone skills at the bedside, our partners, donors and stakeholders are invaluable to the success of COHS programs and graduates.

Saint Alphonsus

College of Health Sciences students pose with Boise State President Marlene Tromp, Saint Alphonsus CEO Odette Bolano, former Boise State Foundation Executive Chair Brandy Stemmler, Vice President of University Advancement Matthew Ewing, COHS Dean Tim Dunnagan, other college and health system leaders during the Saint Alphonsus Scholars Dinner in fall 2022. Saint Alphonsus has funded $1.8 million in scholarships since 2014.

St Lukes

Peer health educators with BroncoFit, pose on campus. St. Luke’s Health System helped fund our peer health educator program training in 2022. The peer health educators work to better the health and well-being of all Boise State students through educational programming.

Dr. Jim Yong Kim speaks in the inaugural Carl and Jean Grosz Health Sciences Lecture in the Morrison Center on September 14, 2022 and answers questions with Dean Tim Dunnagan.

Dr. Jim Yong Kim

The COHS community has long fostered the generous flow of information, sharing of resources and job mentoring that is unique among universities of Boise State’s size and caliber. Dozens of instructors also hold positions with local clinics, hospitals and health systems, and executives advise the college regularly, helping to keep curricula fresh and vital.

COHS students and graduates are part of a dynamic global dialogue that in 2022 turned the spotlight on Dr. Jim Yong Kim. Former president of the World Bank Group and a compassionate visionary, he is devoted to improving and championing the health of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. The COHS community continues to be inspired by his call to action and is excited to host the biennial lecture series.

Total Philanthropic support

$12.6 M

for COHS 21-22

New PhD Program

Our new PhD program in public and population health leadership is one example of how the college is informed by the industry and able to respond to community needs with smart and timely design. The PhD program is the first of its kind in Idaho. Graduates will be qualified for a variety of leadership positions in public and population health and healthcare settings at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as health-focused non-profit organizations, universities and colleges.

School of Public and Population Health Professor and PhD Program Director

Douglas Myers

“The PhD in Public and Population Health Leadership is designed to create a new role, the public health scientist leader, and is an attempt at streamlining public health education at its highest levels.”Douglas Myers

Dedication. Passion. Deep Knowledge.

The leadership, faculty and staff of Boise State’s College of Health Sciences bring decades of experience as seasoned administrators, planners, clinicians and instructors. All together, it’s a track record — and a roster — that’s envied across the country. If Boise State’s Blueprint for Success is the game plan, the College of Health Sciences team is a powerful force on the field, making meaningful impact for the good of COHS students and the larger community.