Shawn Gerstenberger

Dean of the School of Public Health
Director of Environmental and Occupational Health Laboratory
Expertise: Lead Poisoning, Public Health


Shawn Gerstenberger is the dean of UNLV's School of Public Health.

Gerstenberger is an expert on childhood lead poisoning prevention and the impact of the environment on human health. His research includes ridding hot sauce, artificial turf, tuna, candy, and cookware of lead and other hazardous contaminants. 

He established the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in Nevada in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health District and the Nevada State Health Division. This effort has led to the development of screening protocols for children, a home visitation program, and a multiagency response to childhood lead poisoning cases. He is also the founder of the Nevada Healthy Homes Partnership and has multiple collaborative grants with local and statewide agencies, with current and past funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency. 


  • P.h.D., Toxicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Toxicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Reclamation, University of Wisconsin-Plattevile

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Shawn Gerstenberger In The News

March 30, 2020
Public health experts at UNLV and Southern Nevada Health District hosted a live online discussion on Monday to talk prevention of COVID-19 and what the future may hold.
March 30, 2020
Las Vegas health experts discuss COVID-19 today at UNLV.
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
March 30, 2020
Experts from the UNLV School of Public Health and Southern Nevada Health District will host a virtual, livestream discussion on the science of COVID-19, how to minimize risks and slow transmission and where we go from here.
Las Vegas Review Journal
March 30, 2020
Medical expects in Southern Nevada will discuss the coronavirus pandemic in a panel Monday morning, which will be livestreamed.

Articles Featuring Shawn Gerstenberger

Two women stand reading a map on a wall
Business and CommunityJune 30, 2020
How UNLV’s School of Public Health took center stage in the coronavirus crisis.
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Business and CommunityMarch 30, 2020
UNLV researchers, medical investigator to discuss coronavirus pandemic March 30; event to be livestreamed
A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Campus NewsSeptember 25, 2019
A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.
People inspecting a home and taking notes.
Business and CommunityJanuary 24, 2018
UNLV Healthy Homes team will also examine homes for health issues such as asthma triggers, energy and fire problems, trip and fall hazards, pests, and mold.