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

October 21, 2021
The deadline to get COVID-19 vaccinations for spring enrollment is approaching for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) students.
October 20, 2021
The FDA is expected to ‘okay’ a mix and match approach to COVID-19 booster shots this week.
October 20, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to ‘okay’ a mix and match approach to COVID-19 booster shots this week.
October 13, 2021
The decision to now include the rapid test results in the state's covid numbers brings Nevada in line with every other state in the U.S. except for Maryland.

Articles Featuring Brian Labus

A man stands in front of a wall that reads "School of Public health"
People | October 8, 2021
School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year Brian Labus was instrumental in Nevada's fight against COVID-19, serving on the governor's task force and leading a small army of contact tracers.
Campus News | October 7, 2021
A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.
Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.