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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 | June 23, 2022

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

Research | June 8, 2022

Nicotine impacts bone health — upping chance of wrist, spine, other breaks by nearly 40%.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield at commencement
People | May 10, 2022

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 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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People | April 25, 2022

One of the biggest rewards of public health, according to Gabriela Buccini, is the ability to make the world better for so many – in her case, mothers and babies. 

Public Health In The News

June 23, 2022

Learn how to navigate the different state laws on nursing your baby outside your home.

Las Vegas City Wire
June 20, 2022

While it may not be earth-shattering news that smoking cigarettes could be the catalyst for an array of respiratory illnesses including throat and lung cancer, researchers at the University of Las Vegas University, Nevada (UNLV), are reporting that there could be a new reason for smokers to be concerned.

Las Vegas Sun
June 14, 2022

Gov. Steve Sisolak, with about 40% of state votes tallied, took 89.9% of the vote against former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins in the Democratic gubernatorial primary to advance to the November election, where he is expected to face a stiff Republican challenge from Joe Lombardo, who received 39% of the vote statewide . In Clark County, Sisolak picked up 79.6% of votes and Lombardo got 47.9%.

Pourquoi Docteur
June 13, 2022

Male smokers are more likely to develop osteoporosis, suffer bone fractures and die early.

ABP Live
June 13, 2022

Smoking is a major risk factor for osteoporosis and risk of fracture, and men tend to smoke more than women, increasing their risk for osteoporosis, which has traditionally been thought of as a women's disease. 

Presse Text
June 10, 2022

Male smokers break bones disproportionately and are more likely to develop osteoporosis, which causes bones to become porous and break easily.

Public Health Experts

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Recent Public Health Accomplishments

June 24, 2022
Francisco Sy (Environmental & Occupational Health) has been appointed as a member to the Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) by the Southern Nevada District Board of Health. This appointment is effective July 1 and is a two-year term. The PHAB advises the Board of Health on matters related to local public health planning and policy. …
June 23, 2022
Gabriela Buccini (Social and Behavioral Health) was interviewed about the Your Public Breastfeeding Rights Explained. In the interview, she discusses the importance of normalizing breastfeeding in public, tips for breastfeeding in public, and what to do if a negative interaction happens.      
June 23, 2022
Mark Buttner, Patricia Cruz, Elizabeth Detrick, and Jessica Gunter (all Environmental & Occupational Health), and Steven Medley (The George Washington University) co-authored an article, "Evaluation of Two Surface Sampling Methods for the Detection of Bacillus Atrophaeus Aerosolized in a Test Chamber" in the Journal of Microbiological Methods…
June 21, 2022
Jay Shen, Zahra Mojtahedi, and Sfurti Rathi (all Public Health), and Jennifer Vanderlaan (Nursing) have just published an article, "Disparities in Adverse Maternal Outcomes Among Five Race and Ethnicity Groups," in Journal of Women's Health. Both Mojtahedi and Rathi are PhD in Public Health students.
June 20, 2022
Jason Flatt (Department of Social and Behavioral Health) along with colleagues recently published, "Functional Limitations and Access to Long-Term Services and Supports Among Sexual Minority Older Adults" in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Using cross-sectional data from the 2016 Health and Retirement Study, they found that bisexual older…
June 20, 2022
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health) coauthored the interdisciplinary chapter “The associations between home economics education and familial risk factors for delinquency:  An exploratory study” in the research monograph, “The justice system and the family: Police, courts, and incarceration” published by Emerald Publishing from the United…