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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health News

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health emphasizes the role of air, water, the home environment, and the workplace as critical determinants of health. Our accredited programs provide mentorship, community involvement opportunities, and research projects for students to grow as experts and leaders in their fields.

Current Environmental and Occupational Health News

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People |

Public Health professor Erika Marquez receives 2024 Community Engagement Award for her work breaking down barriers to reach marginalized communities.

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Campus News |

Partnership with the Las Vegas Raiders uses sports to boost body image and mental well-being of teenage girls.

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Campus News |

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

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Campus News |

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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People |

The director of UNLV’s Occupational Therapy program likens her field to the nest-building skills of birds.

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Campus News |

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Environmental and Occupational Health In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3

RUSH - Raiders, UNLV, Sports and Health - is happening this Friday. Created by the UNLV School of Public Health, RUSH is a sports clinic for local middle school girls to encourage them to pursue sports in high school.

Johns Hopkins Malaria Minute

On the steps of Capitol Hill, we meet the scientists bringing their scientific battle against malaria into the world of political advocacy. They join a 100+ group of advocates lobbying their members of Congress to fund critical interventions against malaria – becoming ‘malaria champions’ as well.


Early allergy season has officially arrived in the Las Vegas valley. Las Vegas local Jose Montalto tells Channel 13 that he recently started taking his allergy medicine. "[I noticed] an itch in the back of the throat, sneezing, a little more than usual," he said. "[I] thought is this a cold or is that an allergy? And then, you realize a couple days later oh. Not a cold. It's allergies."

Las Vegas Sun

Electric cars are making a dent in Las Vegas’ air pollution, but charging infrastructure is still limited and drivers statewide aren’t adopting the technology fast enough to reach emissions goals.

KSNV-TV: News 3

We're just days away from the first day of the WNBA finals.

Las Vegas Weekly

"What is the most dangerous animal in the world?” The answer might surprise you, according to Chad Cross and Louisa Messenger, professors with the UNLV School of Public Health.

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Recent Environmental and Occupational Health Accomplishments

Jennifer Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health) was interviewed by Channel 3 KSNV's ARC Las Vegas to talk about "UNLV, Raiders using sports to boost teen health." Pharr discusses the RUSH program and how it will help boost body image and mental health of teen girls. The next RUSH clinic will be taking place on Friday, April 19 at UNLV…
Asma Tahir (Environmental and Occupational Health) was recently featured on the City Cast Las Vegas podcast for an episode titled, "Is Allergy Season Getting Worse in Las Vegas?" How did a desert town like Las Vegas get so pollen-y, and is allergy season getting worse? In this episode, co-host Sarah Lohman sits down with Asma Tahir, supervisor of…
Shawn Gerstenberger, Jorge Bertran, Melissa Marshall, Courtney Coughenour, Maxim Gakh (all Environmental and Occupational Health), and Chad Cross (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) published an article on "Environmental hazards and likelihood of mitigation in renter-occupied housing units in Clark County, Nevada" in the journal Housing and Society…
Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-published an article on "Chagas disease in immunocompromised patients" in the journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews.  As Chagas disease remains prevalent in the Americas, it is important that healthcare professionals and researchers are aware of the screening, diagnosis, monitoring…
Asma Awan, Priyambda Kumra (Environmental Health), Ana Gonzalez, Muhammad Sohail Akhter, Refat Srejon, Abena Owusu, Susan Dakwa, Blessing Imade, Salim Dweck, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health) presented a paper titled, "Interpretation of Results of a Collaborative 3-Year Post COVID-19 Process Evaluation Program in Nevada" at the…
Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Karen Figueroa Chilito (Public Health) were invited by United to Beat Malaria, a grassroots campaign of the United Nations Foundation, to represent the state of Nevada during their annual Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. from Mar. 11-12.  Together, they met with staff members…