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Center and Laboratories

In addition to a world-class education, the school includes numerous research centers and laboratories that offer students specialized research and real-world training opportunities.

Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP)

The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) looks out for Nevada’s children. The mission is to conduct academic and community-based research that will guide the development of policies, programs, and services that will enhance the health and well-being of Nevada’s children. The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through research, advocacy, and other specialized services.

American Indian Research and Education Center (AIREC)

The American Indian Research and Education Center conducts community-based research, promotes educational and research
opportunities for American Indian students, provides training
and technical assistance, and serves as an informational resource for the campus community, tribal populations, and the general public.

Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA)

The Center for Health Information Analysis (CHIA) is contracted by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Healthcare Financing and Policy (DHCFP). CHIA collects certain billing record fields from all hospital inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory surgical centers. The center serves the community by making specific Nevada health-care-related data and reports available to both the private and public sectors.

Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR)

The mission of the CHDR is to create health equities from health disparities through leadership, advocacy, education, research, capacity building, collaboration, community engagement, evaluation, communication, cultural competence, and partnership. CHDR is very interested in engaging community partners in order to address issues related to health disparities in Nevada and throughout the United States. The CHDR publishes the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, an electronic peer-reviewed journal presenting research to guide the development of evidence-based solutions for reducing and eliminating health disparities.

CCSD/UNLV Pollen Monitoring Program

Airborne pollen is a health concern for many residents in Clark County. In 2013, the Clark County School District (CCSD) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) established the Pollen Monitoring Program to provide local pollen and mold spore counts in Las Vegas. Regular monitoring and reporting of airborne pollen concentrations can help sensitive individuals prepare for or avoid exposure. 

California-Nevada Public Health Training Center

The California-Nevada Public Health Training Center (CA-NV PHTC) is a consortium of public health schools and programs in California and Nevada that engages in training activities designed to strengthen the core competencies and capabilities of the public health workforce. The center works closely with public health organizations to provide a variety of different training opportunities, including:

Most trainings are offered at no charge to public health professionals.

The Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL)

The EHL was established in 2005 to contribute to our ability to analyze toxic contaminants in food, water, soil, and other media that directly impact human health. Some of the laboratory instrumentation available to students includes graphite furnace atomic absorption, cold vapor mercury analysis, x-ray fluorescence, combustion-based mercury analyzers, UV/VIS spectroscopy, and gas chromatography with mass spectral analysis. Several focal areas of the laboratory include the analysis of lead and mercury compounds in paint, soil, candy, fish, and other food items.

Emerging Disease Laboratory (EDL)

The EDL is equipped with traditional microbiology laboratory equipment consisting of incubators, autoclaves, microscopes, and an ultrafreezer. The laboratory is also equipped with sophisticated instrumentation, including a Vitek II compact for identification of bacteria and antimicrobial susceptibility profiling, the DiversiLab for bacterial strain typing, and an Applied Biosystems 7900HT Fast Real-Time PCR System for the molecular detection of microorganisms. Laboratory capabilities include analysis of bacterial contaminants from human, wildlife, and environmental sources that impact the health of Nevadans, including bacterial isolates, such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The laboratory is also a resource for the identification of a variety of fungal and bacterial contaminants.