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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 |

Public Health professor Erika Marquez receives 2024 Community Engagement Award for her work breaking down barriers to reach marginalized communities.

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Campus News |

Partnership with the Las Vegas Raiders uses sports to boost body image and mental well-being of teenage girls.

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People |

The award administered by UNLV's Office of Government and Community Engagement recognize individuals who are advancing UNLV's Top Tier goals to serve our region.

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Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Campus News |

Estefania Sandoval has her eyes on a career in health law to advocate for patients in minority and immigrant communities.

Dr. Ovunc Bardakcioglu (left), associate professor and chief of colorectal surgery, and class of 2025 medical student Jessica Fields during a robotic surgery simulation training.
Business and Community |

The development of a UNLV Academic Health Center will provide high-value quality care for the community, a source of economic diversity for our economy, and cutting-edge research.

Public Health In The News

The Daily Guardian

Possessiveness (or parigraha in Sanskrit) has three dimensions. First, is the ownership of objects, things, money, and other materials. Second, is the controllability in relationships particularly close ones such as with spouse, children, friends, and so on. Third, is the controllability that also extends to possessiveness about power by those in positions of power. There is a rich literature in Indian philosophy on possessiveness and how to transcend it (aparigraha). It entails keeping the desire for possessions just appropriate to one’s life stage. It involves self-restraint so as not to harm others and developing a sense of charity (dana).

KVVU-TV: Fox 5

The Rush program focuses on keeping girls active as they grow older.

KSNV-TV: News 3

RUSH - Raiders, UNLV, Sports and Health - is happening this Friday. Created by the UNLV School of Public Health, RUSH is a sports clinic for local middle school girls to encourage them to pursue sports in high school.

India Currents

Dr. Manoj Sharma, a Professor of Social and Behavioral Health answers queries on sleeplessness, its possible reasons and the ways to combat it.

The Daily Guardian

Self-condemnation (swa-ninda in Sanskrit) is a state that is linked to the emotions of guilt, shame, anger, regret, disappointment, and distress. It entails being reproachful of one’s behavior to the extent of despising it. It can happen because of indulging in a behavior that one does not approve of and upon reflection finds that it cannot be justified. It involves doing something contrary to one’s personality. It violates one’s value system and challenges the existing beliefs and attitudes about self.

Nevada Independent

During a meeting of an interim legislative committee, state officials said they are establishing a coalition to fill a void left by Immunize Nevada.

Public Health Experts

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A mental health expert with particular interest in child well-being.

Recent Public Health Accomplishments

Asma Awan, Ana Gonzalez, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health) presented a paper titled, "An Exploration of Nutritional Diet Policies: A Narrative Review for Transformation Toward Sustainable Food Systems," at the 2024 Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference held virtually on April 17, 2024. The…
Asma Awan, Ana Gonzalez, Muhammad Sohail Akhter, Refat Srejon, Abena Owusu, Susan Dakwa, Blessing Imade, Salim Dweck, Sidath Kapukotuwa, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health) presented a paper titled, "Addressing the GAP Analysis of a Program Evaluation Aimed at Fostering Partnerships to Promote Health and Ensure Equitable Access to…
Manoj Sharma's (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) article, “Application of the multi-theory model to explain veterinarians' intentions to use telehealth/telemedicine” was recognized as a top-cited article from the Journal of the British Veterinary Association, Veterinary Record, for the period January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2023.…
Tina Brandon Abbatangelo, Nancy Nguyen, Rachel Kim, Christina Demopoulos (all Dental Medicine) along with Timothy Grigsby (Public Health), Kavita Batra (Medicine) presented their study, "Investigating e-cigarette use perceptions among dental students: A cross-sectional study," at the Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference on April 17,…
Tim Grigsby (Social and Behavioral Health) has been awarded a grant to evaluate the "Southern Nevada Post Opioid Response Team (SPORT)" project in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health District. The project is funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP).  
Jennifer Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health) was interviewed by Channel 3 KSNV's ARC Las Vegas to talk about "UNLV, Raiders using sports to boost teen health." Pharr discusses the RUSH program and how it will help boost body image and mental health of teen girls. The next RUSH clinic will be taking place on Friday, April 19 at UNLV…