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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

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | September 1, 2023

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

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People | August 28, 2023

The research expert recently received a $3.5M grant to conduct a study on LGBTQIA+ caregivers of dementia patients and their experiences.

Graduation surprise
Campus News | August 1, 2023

News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Campus News | July 19, 2023

How the UNLV/CCSD Pollen Monitoring Program can help you keep tabs on local allergens.

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Research | July 3, 2023

Boxers, MMA fighters with traumatic encephalopathy syndrome diagnoses may be more likely to develop severe degenerative brain disease, research finds.

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Campus News | June 27, 2023

Where does a disease come from and how does it spread? Students learn from UNLV's contagiously captivating infectious disease expert.

Public Health In The News

September 26, 2023

With RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) season almost in full swing, medical professionals are urging people to speak to their healthcare providers about getting vaccinated.

The Daily Guardian
September 26, 2023

A word that is described as a fundamental spiritual quality in Bhagavad Gita is “amanitvam” (Chapter 13.8). The English translation of this word is humility or not being proud of material existence. 

India Currents
September 21, 2023

Dr. Sharma, a Professor of Social and Behavioral Health, and global public health expert, answers queries on mental health

KSNV-TV: News 3
September 18, 2023

The recent rain has created a lot of standing water around the valley, making it a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which are not typically a problem for us in Las Vegas.

September 13, 2023

For more than 40 years, we haven’t had a lot of good news when it comes to Alzheimer's disease.

Men's Health
September 12, 2023

COVID-19 infections affect everyone differently. Some people have mild symptoms or none at all, while others become severely ill. Some feel poorly for just a few days or up to a week, and others have lingering symptoms for months. It all depends on several factors, including your overall health.


Public Health Experts

An expert in health disparities, children's health, and culturally responsive health communication.
An expert in infectious disease outbreaks and surveillance, including COVID-19 and monkeypox.  
An expert on issues regarding healthcare policy and strategic management.
An expert in pediatric asthma, chronic disease trends, complex weighted survey data, and clinical programming
An expert on parasites, as well as the biology and control of ticks, mites, and other insects. 
An expert on lactation, breastfeeding, and maternal and child health and nutrition.

Recent Public Health Accomplishments

September 28, 2023
Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-published an article titled, "Effectiveness of long-lasting insecticidal nets with pyriproxyfen-pyrethroid, chlorfenapyr-pyrethroid, or piperonyl butoxide-pyrethroid versus pyrethroid only against malaria in Tanzania: final-year results of a four-arm, single-blind, cluster-randomised…
September 28, 2023
Laurencia Bonsu, Sidath Kapukotuwa, Anita Chatterjee, Asma Awan, Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health) presented a paper titled, "Qualitatively Understanding Problem Gambling Behavior Based on the Multi-Theory Model of Health Behavior Change," at Lumivero Virtual Conference 2023, held virtually on September 27 and 28, 2023. The…
September 22, 2023
Asma Awan, program manager, and Manoj Sharma, professor and chair, (both Social and Behavioral Health) presented a paper at the Aging & Social Change: Thirteenth Interdisciplinary Conference, on Sept. 15, 2023, at Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy. The paper was titled, “Prevalence of correlates of the multi-theory model of…
September 19, 2023
Asma Awan, Siddharth Raich, Anita Chatterjee, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health), Miklo Alcala and Priyambda Kumra (Environmental and Occupational Health) presented a paper at Nevada Public Health Association’s Annual Conference on September 13, 2023.  The paper was titled, “An analysis of socio-demographic challenges in process…
September 18, 2023
Shawn Gerstenberger (Public Health) is the recipient of the Nevada Public Health Association's Public Health Advocate of the Year Award. The award recognizes Gerstenberger's active role in public health in Nevada and the impact that it has on our communities.
September 18, 2023
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine), presented a paper titled, “Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) Applied to Process Evaluation in Nevada: An Application of the Dovetailing of the RQFSM Model with CBPR,” at the 13th International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society in Vancouver, Canada. Participants…