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 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-acquired 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 the New York Times, CNN, LA Times, NPR, and more. 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.


  • Ph.D. in Public Health, UNLV
  • M.P.H. in Infectious Diseases, University of California-Berkeley
  • B.S. in Biology, Purdue University

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Brian Labus In The News

A new study published by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week has found that using tap water to perform a nasal rinse increases the risk of contracting a rare but serious set of infections. In particular, the CDC reports that a type of amoeba known as acanthamoeba, can cause a range of symptoms and has a fatality rate of 82%. This infection is rare and is thought to only involve 3-12 people in the US each year.
K.N.P.R. News
Years ago, you’d hear “public health,” and more than likely, you’d shrug. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. No one ignores it now. And the virus remains, people are still getting sick from it and experiencing long-term effects. But what’s its lethality today, has it weakened? Should we keep getting vaccinations?
Understanding long Covid remains tricky for doctors. There’s no standard clinical definition for the condition or test to diagnose it. It can even go by different names, like post-Covid conditions, long-haul Covid, post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC), or chronic Covid.
Desert Companion
The infectious diseases defining Nevada’s public health landscape, and the simple solution that eludes officials

Articles Featuring Brian Labus

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News | April 1, 2024

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News | November 1, 2023

A collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News | October 2, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting expert insights, research, and academic achievement.