Brian Labus

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Master's of Public Health Internship Program Coordinator
Expertise: Infectious Disease, Disease Surveillance, Outbreak Investigation, COVID-19


Brian Labus is an expert on communicable disease surveillance, disease epidemiology, outbreak investigation, and the use of social media to detect and investigate health problems in the community.

Labus, a Registered Environmental Health Specialist through the National Environmental Health Association, is an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics within UNLV's School of Public Health. Prior to joining UNLV, he spent 15 years as a senior investigator for the Southern Nevada Health District conducting outbreak investigations and disease surveillance, and implementing public health informatics systems. Has was the lead public health investigator for the largest outbreak of healthcare-acquire Hepatitis C in U.S. history.

In March 2020, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak selected Labus to serve on a five-member statewide task force to help advise on the scientific aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

His research and expertise have been featured in numerous news outlets such as KNPR, MindBodyGreen, and LiveScience. His work has also been featured in academic and professional publications including the Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Nevada Journal of Public Health, Epidemiology and Infection, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Brian Labus In The News

May 20, 2022
There’s been an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Clark County. We examine why and look at new program to survey wastewater to detect coronavirus outbreaks early. Plus, a new statewide program aims to bring more funding and financial services to small businesses owned by minorities and women in Nevada.
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
May 19, 2022
The culprit here is a fungus that for some people can be very dangerous.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
May 18, 2022
As reports of drug-resistant fungus ‘Candida Auris’ circulate around Southern Nevada hospitals, medical experts told 8 News Now everyone should be aware, but only a specific group of people should be concerned.
Las Vegas Review Journal
May 13, 2022
A new wave of COVID-19 infections has hit southern Nevada, caused by a new omicron subvariant, decreased immunity and riskier behavior, a senior official of the Southern Nevada Health District said on Wednesday.

Articles Featuring Brian Labus

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Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | February 10, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

nurse administers shot to woman
Campus News | December 29, 2021

A collection of news stories from 2021 highlighting UNLV’s continuing response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.