Nick Swope

Nicholas Swope, MHS

Lecturer, He/him/his

Degrees Held:

  • Master of Sciences – Health Sciences, Western Illinois University, 2015
  • Master's Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) – NCHEC, 2020
  • Public Health Management Post-Baccalaureate Certificate – University of Washington, 2017
  • Health Services Administration Post-Baccalaureate Certificate – Western Illinois University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics – University of Oregon, 2008

Career Highlights:

  • 2020 State of Idaho Immunizations Champion Award
  • 2017-2020 Member of State of Idaho Reproductive Health Advisory Group
  • 2015-2020 Member of State of Idaho Epidemiology Work Group
  • 2015-2020 Member of State of Idaho Health Promotions Work Group
  • 2016-2020 TEDxCoeurdAlene Co-organizer
  • 2016-2020 Board of Executives Member and Implementation Committee Chair CDA 2030
  • 2018 Kootenai County Young Professionals Top 30 Under 40 Professional Leaders Award
  • 2015-2017 Member of State of Idaho Clinical Services Work Group
  • 2015 Illinois Governor's Volunteer Service Award
  • 2013-2015 AmeriCorps Volunteer
  • 2011-2013 United States Peace Corps Health Volunteer
  • In which online degree program do you teach?

    Master of Public Health

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  • In what ways do you connect with online students?

    I use Zoom, email, Canvas and video calls.

  • What do you want your students to take away from class?

    My goal is for students to leave my courses with their skills enhanced, with portfolio examples of work-ready products and employment in the public health sector upon graduation.

  • What is the value of an advanced degree in today’s work environment?

    Today’s job market for the most impactful public health work is so competitive that an advanced degree—along with the ability to apply it—is necessary to even get a foot in the door on an open position.

  • What advice would you give to your online students?

    Connect with your peers, push yourself and envision yourself applying your learning in the real world. You’re building knowledge, but you’re also building professional connections you’ll leverage throughout your career. You are your biggest coach and visionary for your professional growth and skills application. You must stretch yourself to succeed.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    As a boots-on-the-ground public health implementer and manager, I wanted the opportunity to shape my future colleagues.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    “Strengths Finder 2.0” by Don Clifton

  • What do you do when you need a laugh?

    I play with my kids, Mary and Warren.

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

    I bicycled across the U.S. with my best friend from Lincoln City, Oregon, to Rockaway Beach, New York.

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