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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

Ann Vuong sitting in an office.
People | September 9, 2019

A new face at UNLV, this professor brings unique perspective of public health focused on neurodevelopment in children and chemical exposures during pregnancy.

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Campus News | September 6, 2019

UNLV's Alternative Breaks Program bolsters traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences, immersing students in the issues facing communities throughout the region.

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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.

Public Health In The News

September 16, 2019

With a new school year in full swing, parents of preschool-aged children may be asking themselves whether or attending preschool makes much a difference for young developing minds.

The Body
September 10, 2019

What causes individuals who desire protection to forgo using it? And why, despite the physical and mental benefits of using their own preferred form of protection, do people not feel empowered enough to use it?

Las Vegas Review Journal
August 30, 2019

This has been the worst season ever in Clark County for mosquito-borne West Nile virus, but health authorities say they face a challenge convincing local residents that they need to protect themselves against the tiny bloodsuckers.

Edge Media Network
August 29, 2019

In the nearly 50 years since epidemiologists first discovered Legionnaires' disease, we have learned how to test for it, treat it and prevent it. So why are people still dying from it and why are more and more people becoming sick with it every single year?

August 27, 2019

In the nearly 50 years since epidemiologists first discovered Legionnaires’ disease, we have learned how to test for it, treat it and prevent it. So why are people still dying from it and why are more and more people becoming sick with it every single year?

Daily Mail
August 26, 2019

German scientists are developing a smartwatch to correct bad posture.

Public Health Experts

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
A leading researcher and educator on sexually transmitted diseases for more than 30 years.
A mental health expert with particular interest in child well-being.
An expert in health disparities.
An expert on public health, and its relations to food, physical activity and community design.

Recent Public Health Accomplishments

September 20, 2019
Carolee Dodge-Francis and Noehealani Bareng-Antolin (both Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Nicole Bowman from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave a presentation on “Indigenous Evaluation: Foundations, Building Relations & Educational Applications” at the Hawaii Pacific Evaluation Conference in Honolulu this month. 
September 19, 2019
Pearl Kim, Jay Shen, Hee-Taik Kang, Dong-Hun Han (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), Georgia Dounis (Dental), Tsigab Bahta, and Ji Won Yoo (both Medicine), along with Sung-Youn Chun, Jinwook Hwang, and Yong-Jae Lee, published an article, "Dissociation Between the Growing Opioid Demands and Drug Policy...
September 18, 2019
Soumya Upadhyay (Health Care Administration and Policy) published an article on "Readmission Rates and Their Impact on Hospital Financial Performance: A Study of Washington Hospitals" in INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing. This longitudinal study examines whether readmission rates, made transparent through...
September 16, 2019
Ann Vuong (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored an article on "Concentrations and Loadings of Organophosphate and Replacement Brominated Flame Retardants in House Dust from the Home Study During the PBDE Phase-Out" in the journal Chemosphere. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of flame retardants and endocrine disruptors, have...
September 11, 2019
Soumya Upadhyay (Healthcare Administration and Policy) recently presented a research paper, "Hospital Cultural Competency and Financial Performance," at the European Academy of Management, non-profit division. An organization’s cultural competency is an ongoing capacity to provide high-quality, equitable, safe, and patient-centered care for...
September 6, 2019
Saruna Ghimire and Francisco S. Sy (both Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article on the "Decline in Telomere Length by Age and Effect Modification by Gender, Allostatic Load and Comorbidities in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2002)" in the journal PLOS ONE. This study aimed to assess the decline in...