Marya Shegog

Director of Health Programs
Expertise: Public Health Promotion, Education and Prevention , Cultural Competency and Diversity , Health Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation , Health Disparities (racial, ethnic, sexual and gender), Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women's Health and Wellness


Marya Shegog joined The Lincy Institute in September 2012 as its director of health programs. She has worked as a research scientist for several federal and corporate entities and as director of a unique after-school program for children and emerging adults in urban, low-income communities.

An advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness in minority communities, she has increased capacity among community-based organizations throughout the U.S. to better meet local needs while respecting each organization’s mission and vision.

In addition to UNLV, she has held faculty/teaching positions at Hampton University, the University of South Carolina, and Cincinnati State College. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at conferences, forums, and classes where she helps cultivate cultural competency among health care professionals.

Her teaching and research interests focus on effectively identifying and addressing health disparities in order to eradicate them, developing cultural competency in health care, and shaping healthy communities through policy, programming, planning, and evaluation.


  • B.S., Biology, Hampton University
  • Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, University of South Carolina
  • M.P.H., Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D., Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Center of Health Disparities Research, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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November 6, 2019
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KSNV-TV: News 3
October 21, 2019
It's the second leading cause of cancer amongst women. Every single year, a quarter-million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Scarlet and Gray Free Press
October 13, 2019
October is breast cancer awareness month and the pink ribbon is popping up everywhere reminding people to “wear it pink.” About one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and while the chances for men is much lower, 400 men in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer each year.
Specialty Medical Dialogues
October 6, 2019
Breast cancer is considered to be a "woman's disease" with statistics showing that about 1 in 8 US. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

Articles Featuring Marya Shegog

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ResearchDecember 26, 2019
A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.
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Campus NewsNovember 1, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
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ResearchOctober 2, 2019
UNLV public health researcher Marya Shegog highlights study exploring survivor stories, stereotypes, and health care disparities during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Campus NewsDecember 3, 2015
From law to health to advocacy to science, UNLV professors tackle HIV prevention, education and treatment both domestically and abroad.