Shawn Gerstenberger

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

Biography

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. 

Education

  • 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

Associated Press
October 3, 2020
Hundreds of Nevada university students will be trained and employed as contact tracers to help identify and inform people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
KVVU-TV: Fox 5
October 3, 2020
Hundreds of Nevada university students will be trained and employed as contact tracers to help identify and inform people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
U.S. News & World Report
October 3, 2020
Hundreds of Nevada university students will be trained and employed as contact tracers to help identify and inform people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
KSNV-TV: News 3
October 3, 2020
Hundreds of Nevada university students will be trained and employed as contact tracers to help identify and inform people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Articles Featuring Shawn Gerstenberger

Cones lined up in front of parking garage entrance
Business and Community | January 13, 2021
Grant from state of Nevada extends university partnership with Southern Nevada Health District, allows 200 UNLV students to continue vital contact tracing services.
medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020
As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.
Campus News | November 5, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.
two people dressed in black standing at cubicle reviewing a document
Campus News | September 30, 2020
More than 200 UNLV students to be employed through partnership with Southern Nevada Health District; 60 students already trained and on the ground.