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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 | September 5, 2022

UNLV infectious disease expert Brian Labus offers a primer on monkeypox — what it is, how it spreads, and what you need to know to protect yourself. 

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

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

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Campus News | August 15, 2022

University-wide policy, approved by institution's policy committee last fall, takes effect on Aug. 15, 2022. 

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

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People | June 23, 2022

The medical school's Kristin Steffen lives life large in both her professional and personal lives.

Public Health In The News

Elko Daily
September 26, 2022

“Ialways tell people, it took 40 to 50 years to get where we are,” pediatrician Steven Shane said while discussing childhood and adult obesity in Nevada and throughout the U.S. “We can’t expect to turn the tide and get back to where weight status was in the 1970s overnight.”

September 15, 2022

An ongoing outbreak of monkeypox, a viral disease, was confirmed in May 2022. The outbreak marked the first time monkeypox has spread widely outside Central and West Africa. From 18 May onwards, cases were reported from an increasing number of countries and regions.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 12, 2022

On a map showing levels of COVID-19 across the U.S., Nevada stands out as a rare oasis of green.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
September 12, 2022

On a map showing COVID-19 levels across the United States, Nevada stands out as a rare oasis of green.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
September 8, 2022

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Clark County have fallen to 100 - their lowest point since April - from a high this year of 1,700 in January, according to state data released Wednesday.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 7, 2022

New cases of monkeypox continue to be identified in Clark County but at a slower rate than in previous weeks, a trend seen in much of the country.

Public Health Experts

An expert in health disparities.
An expert on lactation, breastfeeding, and maternal and child health and nutrition.
An expert on parasites, as well as the biology and control of ticks, mites, and other insects. 
An expert on public health, and its relations to food, physical activity and community design.
An expert in youth and parental empowerment in education, leadership development, and multicultural programming
An expert on issues regarding healthcare policy and strategic management.

Recent Public Health Accomplishments

September 26, 2022
Ann Vuong (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) published an article on "Early life organophosphate ester exposures and bone health at age 12 years: The Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study" in the journal Science of The Total Environment.  Despite evidence of osteotoxicity, no human studies have evaluated early life…
September 26, 2022
Manoj Sharma, Ravi Batra (Social and Behavioral Health), Kavita Batra (Medicine), and coauthors from the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Utah have published an article titled, “Assessing the testability of the multi-theory model (MTM) in predicting vaping quitting behavior among young adults in…
September 22, 2022
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health) coauthored an abstract titled, “Associations of perceived skin cancer absolute risk and comparative risk with sunscreen use among patients with keratinocyte carcinoma,” in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (the first-ranked journal in Dermatology with an IF of 11.527) along with…
September 19, 2022
Ann Vuong (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) co-authored the paper "Maternal urinary organophosphate ester metabolite concentrations and glucose tolerance during pregnancy: The HOME Study" that was published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. In the study, the researchers evaluated the associations between maternal…
September 15, 2022
Yeunkyung Kim (Healthcare Administration and Policy) was the lead author of "Post-Acute Care Use Associated with Medicare Shared Savings Program and Disparities." The article was published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA). The authors' primary objective was to study the impact of hospital participation in the…
September 15, 2022
Asma Awan, Siddharth Raich, Brittany Klenczar, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health), and Miklo Alcala (Environmental and Occupational Health) presented two papers at Nevada Public Health Association’s Annual Conference on September 13 and September 14, 2022.  The papers were titled, “A model-based community-based participatory…