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

Biography

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

July 30, 2021
Low vaccination rates make many counties in the Mountain West especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 delta variant right now, according to data from the public health research group PHICOR.
July 29, 2021
UNLV public health expert Brian Labus told State of Nevada that it might look like deja vu, but “we're seeing a new enemy” in the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.
July 29, 2021
From coast-to-coast, travelers are being urged to exercise caution in visiting Las Vegas, as the delta variant of the coronavirus is causing cases here to surge.
July 29, 2021
From coast-to-coast, travelers are being urged to exercise caution in visiting Las Vegas, as the delta variant of the coronavirus is causing cases here to surge.

Articles Featuring Brian Labus

Campus News | July 9, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.
Campus News | June 8, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.
UNLV student contact tracing team seated in office space
Business and Community | June 3, 2021
School of Public Health, Health District partnership includes nearly 240 student contact tracers trained to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
students dance outdoors on UNLV's campus
Campus News | May 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.