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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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People | September 21, 2021

Honors College Alumna of the Year Casey Barber helped thousands of Nevadans navigate COVID-19 by leading UNLV's contact tracing team.

Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

UNLV student contact tracing team seated in office space
Business and Community | June 3, 2021

School of Public Health, Health District partnership includes nearly 240 student contact tracers trained to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Public Health In The News

Las Vegas Pride Magazine
September 27, 2021

Did you know that Las Vegas is home to more than 10,000 LGBTQIA+ people aged 50+?

KSNV-TV: News 3
September 24, 2021

So-called "breakthrough infections," Covid cases among the vaccinated do happen, but Southern Nevada Health District numbers indicate those infections are rare.

September 24, 2021

Some state and local governments in the West are cracking down on misinformation about COVID-19 and its treatments.

Boise State Public Radio
September 23, 2021

Some state and local governments in the West are cracking down on misinformation about COVID-19 and its treatments. The moves come as a growing number of hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with mostly unvaccinated patients.

September 23, 2021

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas contact tracing team was honored with being named the Program of the Year by the University of Nevada Public Health Association.

September 23, 2021

Some state and local governments in the West are beginning to crack down on misinformation about COVID-19, as hospitals are overwhelmed with mostly unvaccinated patients.

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Recent Public Health Accomplishments

September 27, 2021
Jason Flatt and Jennifer Pharr (both Environmental & Occupational Health) have been building the UNLV School of Public Health's visibility in the LGBTQIA+ community who are house insecure or experiencing homelessness. An article in Las Vegas Pride Magazine this month features Building H.O.U.S.E. Las Vegas - Bring LGBTQIA+ Housing to Las Vegas...
September 27, 2021
Zahra Mojtahedi (Puiblic Health), a doctoral student, along with, Ji Won Yoo (Medicine), Karen Callahan (Public Health), Neeraj Bhandari and Jay Shen (both Healthcare Administration and Policy), master's of public health student Katayoon Ghodsi, and visiting scholar from China Donghui Lou recently published an article entiled "Inpatient Palliative...
September 24, 2021
Jason Flatt (Environmental & Occupational Health) along with Whitney Wharton of Emory University and Joel Anderson of the University of Tennessee Knoxville received notice of award for their National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging funded grant for $2.3 Million from Sept. 30, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2024. The project, Building...
September 23, 2021
Ann Vuong (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) published a paper entitled "Childhood exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and neurobehavioral domains in children at age 8 years" in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology. 
September 22, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) has co-authored a chapter entitled, “Worldwide rural dermatology health services research" in the book Dermatology in Rural Settings: Organizational, Clinical, and Socioeconomic Perspectives in collaboration with coauthors from University of Mississippi Medical Center and University of Alabama...
September 21, 2021
Raisa Kabir (Public Health) and Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational health) presented three poster presentations at the Nevada Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting held between Sep. 13-15 in Las Vegas.  The posters were, “Thematic analysis on the correlates of physical activity and sedentary behavior among Asian Americans,” “...