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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 | January 13, 2021

Grant from state of Nevada extends university partnership with Southern Nevada Health District, allows 200 UNLV students to continue vital contact tracing services.

Professor Brian Labus on zoom screen
People | December 31, 2020

UNLV public health professor became a go-to source for media in Nevada and worldwide on the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

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People | December 29, 2020

UNLV Public Health professor Brian Labus dismantles misperceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine and shares why it works, why it’s safe, and why everyone eligible should get it.

Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.

Public Health In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 22, 2021

Almost three weeks after Las Vegas Valley firefighters became eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, some cities report more than half their workforce haven’t received their first dose, with hundreds declining the shot.

January 20, 2021

Nevada hospitality workers are fourth on the “frontline/essential” priority list to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It is unclear when their turn might come, according to a published report.

KSNV-TV: News 3
January 20, 2021

The kitchen was about as busy as it could be at The Coffee Cup Café in Boulder City on Monday, as they catered to the customers who filled the restaurant to 25% capacity.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 19, 2021

Nevada hospitality employees are in the fast lane to receive a COVID-19 vaccine but face a long line before it’s their turn.

January 15, 2021

Nevada just recorded a record number of COVID-19 deaths: 299 in a week.

January 15, 2021

The UNLV School of Public Health has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the State of Nevada to continue its COVID-19 contract tracing efforts in partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District. This grant extends the partnership launched in the fall by an initial $3.4 million commitment from the state.

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Recent Public Health Accomplishments

January 14, 2021
Ann M. Vuong (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) co-published an article on "Proximity to Traffic and Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Relation to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Conduct Disorder in U.S. children" in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Conduct disorder (CD) is a clinical...
January 12, 2021
Dharini Bhammar (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) published a paper,  “Quantification and Verification of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Adults with Prehypertension” in the journal Sports. The article shows that verification testing is feasible, validates the attainment of maximal oxygen...
January 7, 2021
Kavita Batra (Medicine), Patricia Cruz, Chad L. Cross, Neeraj Bhandari, Jennifer R. Pharr, Mark P. Buttner (all Environmental and Occupational Health), and Farooq Abdulla (University Medical Center of Southern Nevada) co-authored an article in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health titled “Incidence of Neonatal...
January 6, 2021
Guogen Shan (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) received a $1.5 million grant, "Alzheimer's Disease: New Trial Designs for Emerging Challenges," from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging. The research team also includes Dr. Jeff Cummings from the Brain Health Department as well as researchers from Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo...
January 4, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) co-authored an article, "Examining Determinants of Metabolic Syndrome in People with Intellectual Disabilities" in collaboration with colleagues Ram Lakhan and Louisa Summers of Berea College and Vinayak K. Nahar of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
December 23, 2020
Markie L. C. Twist (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently wrote the "Introduction to Special Issue on Sexual Health Risks and Assessments" in the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy. The journal offers a multidisciplinary forum for review and debate in the field of sex and relationship therapies. It presents original research and...