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School of Public Health News

The School of Public Health is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our departments, programs, and research units work to provide a diverse education, practical training experience, and numerous community involvement opportunities to prepare students to become leaders and professionals in the field of public health.

Current Public Health News

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Business and Community | May 16, 2019
Students and faculty lead programs to improve lives in Southern Nevada.
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People | May 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Campus News | May 13, 2019

UNLV Public Health researcher offers pool tips to keep kids safe as they try to beat the heat.

Campus News | May 1, 2019

UNLV faculty and students honored with Service-Learning, Community-Based Research, Faculty/Staff Outreach, and Student Service awards.

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People | May 1, 2019

Health Care Administration and Policy professor Jay Shen works to increase understanding and use of palliative care among Asian-Americans.

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Campus News | April 15, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who've made news thus far in 2019.

Public Health In The News

July 11, 2019

Cleveland Clinic's fourth annual analysis of Alzheimer's disease drug development found that the pipeline has grown in the number and variety of agents being tested over the past year, while highlighting several advances in the field including new clinical trial designs, more detailed criteria for making a research diagnosis, and an increased use of biological tests reflecting of the disease.

June 17, 2019

Nearly 2,780 stores are slated to open nationwide in 2019, and roughly 1,800 of them, more than half, will be part of discount chains.

Retail Dive
June 14, 2019

The fact that discounters are resonating in a strong economy shows just how much shoppers value a bargain. It's also testament to the broadening appeal these stores have, with fresher, higher-quality assortment and updated store layouts reaching consumers higher up the income ladder.

Grocery Dive
June 10, 2019

The fact that discounters are resonating in a strong economy shows just how much shoppers value a bargain. It's also testament to the broadening appeal these stores have, with fresher, higher-quality assortment and updated store layouts reaching consumers higher up the income ladder.

Las Vegas Sun
May 22, 2019

Spring in Las Vegas may not bring a break from months of icy weather, as it does in some places, but it does provide an annual spirit booster of another type.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 20, 2019

A Route 91 shooting survivor. A father and future Air Force officer. A doctor who returned to her home country of Nepal to educate girls about their bodies.

Public Health Experts

A mental health expert with particular interest in child well-being.
An expert in cultural competency, health disparities, and sexual and reproductive health. Shegog engages individuals and groups to build stronger and healthier communities. 
An expert in juvenile welfare, justice, and health and safety
An expert in pediatric asthma, chronic disease trends, complex weighted survey data, and clinical programming
An expert in youth and parental empowerment in education, leadership development, and multicultural programming
A leading researcher and educator on sexually transmitted diseases for more than 30 years.

Recent Public Health Accomplishments

July 15, 2019
Sanae El Ibrahimi (Environmental and Occupational Health), Matthew Lee Smith of the Center for Population Health and Aging at Texas A&M University, and Paulo Pinheiro of the department of public health sciences at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently published an article on the...
July 10, 2019
L-W Antony Chen, Karey Fortier, Fernanda Alonzo, Rachel Kolberg, Ge Lin, Tanviben Y. Patel, Patricia Cruz, and Mark P. Buttner (all Environmental and Occupational Health) recently published a study on the "Evaluation of Epifluorescence Methods for Quantifying Biaerosols in Fine and Coarse Particulate Air Pollution" in the journal Atmospheric...
July 8, 2019
Erika Marquez (Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy) recently was appointed to serve on the Lead Exposure and Prevention Advisory Committee (LEPAC) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation's health protection agency. Members of LEPAC provide advice and guidance to leaders at the CDC, U.S. Department of...
July 5, 2019
Karen E. Callahan (Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article on "Risk of Cancer Death Among White, Black, and Hispanic Populations in South Florida" in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. The objective of the study was to characterize patterns of cancer deaths by race/ethnicity in South Florida and compare rates between South...
June 28, 2019
Julia Freedman Silvernail, John Mercer, James Navalta, Richard Tandy (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Jennifer Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Kristyne Wiegand, '19 PhD Kinesiology, co-authored “Running Status and History: A Self-Report Study," which appeared in the online version of Physical Therapy in Sport...
June 26, 2019
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health), Nancy L. Lough (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Mary Angela Terencio (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published an article titled "Health and Sociodemographic Differences between Individual and Team Sport Participants" in the journal Sports. The purpose of the study...