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Public Health

Public health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health and quality of life of populations, locally and globally. This is accomplished by promoting healthy lifestyles and by identifying and preventing diseases and injuries that threaten the health of a community. Public health incorporates multiple approaches, including epidemiology and biostatistics, health services and health economics, environmental health, social and behavioral health, and public policy. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of public health, there is a wealth of career opportunities for graduates. The courses required in the public health programs provide students with a foundation in the four core subdisciplines and numerous opportunities to build knowledge and skills in community, laboratory, and research environments.


Health Care Administration and Policy

Health care administration and policy relates to leadership, management, and administration of public health and health care systems, hospitals, and a variety of health agencies. Students in these degree programs will gain knowledge of health care policy, health information technologies, and business skills that provide a strong foundation for a health care administration career. Health care administrators have responsibility for organizational management functions, such as budgets and services, work closely with health departments and insurance providers, and help shape policy. The courses required in the health care administration and policy programs give students a solid background in health services leadership and opportunities for a variety of exciting professional careers.


Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

Students in the undergraduate Health Care Administration program gain a broad view of the health care delivery system and health care management practices. They develop skills through the curriculum and internships to prepare them primarily for entry level management positions in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services.

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The public health degree program provides students with a comprehensive program of study in preparation for careers and advanced degrees in public health. Public health majors take a set of core classes that span the broad scope of health promotion, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities. Students will also complete a set of classes in one of four areas of emphasis: environmental health, social/behavioral health, epidemiology, or public health generalist. All students will complete their studies with a culminating experience of either a public health practicum or a senior thesis.

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Master in Health Care Administration

The Master of Health Care Administration Degree Program is the only graduate Health Care Administration program in the Nevada Public University System (NSHE). The MHA prepares students to assume leadership in health care organizations. The degree is recognized in the health care field as an important credential that allows graduates to assume health care management position. The curriculum is developed to include all the critical competencies for health care leadership, including issues of health care delivery, health care finance, ethical and legal issues in health care administration and management topics. Students and faculty will contribute through research and service to the knowledge and applications of management in health care; and they will use their education and expertise to help meet the health care management needs of the State of Nevada and beyond.

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Master in Public Health

The Master of Public Health Degree Program is designed to prepare students to be public health professionals in the private and public sectors with the overall goal of promoting and protecting the health of individuals in our society. The Master of Public Health degree (MPH) is comprised of an 18-credit required core for every student. The 27 credits represent the four primary areas of specialty offered in Public Health programs, plus one additional course entitled Fundamentals of Public Health. The four specialty areas include: (1) Social and Behavioral Health, (2) Environmental and Occupational Health, (3) Health Care Administration and Policy, and (4) Biostatistics and Epidemiology. In addition to the core courses, each student will select one 27 to credit concentration area from one of the four aforementioned concentrations. All candidates will finish their MPH degree with a 3-6 credit capstone project resulting in a 45-credit degree program.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health

The Schools of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) at UNLV and UNR are pleased to offer a collaborative doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Public Health. The collaboration between the two schools represents a unique, statewide approach to public health training and research, drawing on complementary expertise and opportunities at both universities to create a high-quality academic program that maximizes resources and flexibility. The Ph.D. in Public Health is designed to prepare students for careers in which advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required, such as university teaching, research, consulting, policy development or other high-level positions. The curriculum was developed jointly by faculty from the Schools of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with input from representatives of academia and the public health community. The curriculum provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of topics and experiences necessary to produce graduates who are ready to secure employment in the public health arena. Students in the program are admitted to either UNLV or UNR and follow the course requirements from their home institution. Courses may be taken at either institution. A Chair from the admitting institution supervises and the dissertation but the doctoral committee may include members from either or both institutions.

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