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Division of Health Sciences News

Comprised of the schools of Integrated Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Dental Medicine, and Nursing, the Division of Health Sciences is developing academic, research, and community service programs to meet the health care needs of our constantly growing region.

Current Health Sciences News

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Campus News | June 4, 2020

School of Nursing grad student Erika Kimble finds success as an entrepreneur in the dermatology field.

Campus News | April 9, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped the community make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.

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Business and Community | March 23, 2020

UNLV experts provide tips and tricks for your dinner, workout routine.

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Research | February 26, 2020

New UNLV study finds that drivers of flashy cars are less likely to yield for pedestrians.

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Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Health Sciences In The News

Newswise
April 27, 2020

The updates have become as commonplace as checking the weather app on your phone each morning.

Openfit
April 7, 2020

In this Coronavirus quarantine, getting outside for any reason at all feels like a treasure. Since gyms and yoga studios are closed to maintain social distance (6 feet between you and others), going for walks or runs outdoors seems to be our only option if we want a little vitamin D with our cardio.

Money Talks News
April 1, 2020

Healthy eating is possible during the coronavirus crisis even when you’re stuck at home and many of your local supermarket’s shelves are bare.

KNPR News
March 26, 2020

The novel coronavirus doesn’t seem to be discriminating against who it affects. But are there groups that are at higher risk of infection than others?

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
March 26, 2020

A quilt shop in East Texas is doing its part to help out during the coronavirus.

Yahoo!
March 26, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Americans across the country — including the 60 million who love running or jogging — have been told to stay home.

Health Sciences Experts

A mental health expert with particular interest in child well-being.
Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. 
An expert in how environmental and man-made radiation affects the body.
An expert in vaccinations, bioethics, clinical ethics practice, and medical education.
An expert in medical anthropology, health, disease, and maternal nutrition. 
An expert on nursing education, forensic nursing, dating violence, and mental health responses to traumatic experiences. 

Recent Health Sciences Accomplishments

August 7, 2019
Kimberly Tomas and Soumya Upadhyay (Health Care Administration & Policy) presented at the 2019 Academy Health annual research meeting in Washington, D.C., in June. Their poster presentations were titled:  The Impact of Patient-Provider Communication and Electronic Cigarette Harmfulness: the Role of Race/Ethnicity Hospital Cultural...
June 7, 2019
Janet Dufek (Integrated Health Sciences) along with Mohamed Trabia (Engineering) and Jessica DeBerardinis (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored “A Viscoelastic Ellipsoidal Model of the Mechanics of Plantar Tissues,” which appeared May 30 in the online version of the Journal of Biomechanics. The study evaluated geometric and material variables of a...
April 15, 2019
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently co-authored an article titled "Accessibility and Accommodations for Patients with Mobility Disabilities in a Large Healthcare System: How are we doing?"  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accessibility of and accommodations for patients with mobility disabilities in...
January 10, 2019
Jeremy Meronuck (Health Sciences) received the UNLV Outstanding New Advisor award from the Academic Advising Leadership Team within the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education. The award acknowledges demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students for recipients who have served as an advisor for no...
January 8, 2019
Melaney Jones (Health Sciences) has been named recipient of the Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator award from Region 9 of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. The accolade recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students, but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or...
November 1, 2018
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) and colleague Lauren Traveller (Southern Utah University) presented preliminary data from the Forensic Nursing Representation in Online News Reports research project at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. Through descriptive statistics and quantitative text analysis, the purpose of the...