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, and outbreak investigation.

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.

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

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 18, 2020
More than 1 in 4 Clark County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past month told disease investigators they had visited a resort, hotel or motel, the state revealed Thursday.
Well and Good
September 18, 2020
An unpublished press release from the United States Postal Service details an early plan to distribute 650 million face masks beginning in April. The plan, blocked by the Trump administration, would have provided five reusable cotton face masks to every American household. Orleans and Jefferson parishes in Louisiana would have been the first areas to receive face coverings, with deliveries then going to King County, Washington; Wayne County, Michigan; and New York, reports the Washington Post.
Las Vegas Sun
September 15, 2020
The day after President Donald Trump’s largely maskless, packed Henderson rally, medical experts have weighed in, and their prognosis is not good.
Las Vegas Review Journal
September 15, 2020
President Donald Trump’s massive Sunday evening rally in Henderson has already led to a fine against its host, but Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and public health experts warned Monday that far deeper impacts may be on the way.

Articles Featuring Brian Labus

Campus NewsSeptember 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus NewsAugust 10, 2020
As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.
A women leans in to teach children at a desk
ResearchJuly 29, 2020
Assistant professor of public health Brian Labus offers some reasons for optimism for bringing younger students back to the classroom.
A UNLV banner on campus.
Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.