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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

Hoover Dam
Campus News | December 30, 2022

The problems facing our world and how UNLV helped find solutions.

Members of the Precision Medicine Lab lifting off a manhole cover to study wastewater
Business and Community | December 29, 2022

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring community resources, training programs, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

A laser beam emitting a blue light is projected into a diamond anvil cell
Research | December 27, 2022

Groundbreaking discovery was the norm for Rebel researchers in 2022. Here's a selection of our favorite news-making UNLV research highlights from the year. 

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People | December 14, 2022

Five UNLV graduates will be recognized by President Keith E. Whitfield during winter commencement for their combination of academic excellence and service to the community.

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

Public Health In The News

HPS Magazine
February 6, 2023

A cruise ship carrying 800 Covid-positive passengers recently docked in Sydney after being hit with a major COVID-19 outbreak—a scenario eerily reminiscent of the early pandemic days. It was a stark reminder that the pandemic is not over, and that cruising still presents a certain level of COVID-19 risk.

Sunday Guardian
February 5, 2023

Growing waistline is not only an American health worry. For Indians too, it is fast becoming a troublesome public health issue, say top US public health experts, including some of Indian origin, who have seen it growing and now becoming a real health challenge. Having lived for 50 springs in India, and now seeing it bloating from the waist worries me too. It’s time to cut that flab before it triggers more unhealthy signs. For these health experts who spoke to The Sunday Guardian at length, the biggest challenge lies in how to beat the post-Covid-19 effect. Their fears come from nearly three years of erratic eating habits, a non-exercise routine which most of us followed during Covid-19 along with our growing love for the couch and binge OTT watching. To them, a return to Indian home-made platter holds the key to beating obesity!

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 31, 2023

A musical superstar has recruited a UNLV student for her effort to improve young people’s mental health. The Born This Way Foundation, co-founded in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, announced its new group of 31 advisory board members Tuesday, including Faria Tavacoli, a 20-year-old sophomore majoring in public health and minoring in neuroscience at UNLV.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
January 26, 2023

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decline in Clark County, with Nevada among a handful of states with all counties having low levels of the disease.

January 25, 2023

Every morning, Luther Moxley helps his partner of 35 years, Wayne Curtis, out of bed and into his wheelchair. Curtis, who has Parkinson's disease and is partially blind, washes himself seated in the shower, but he needs Moxley to dry him and help him back into his chair.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 25, 2023

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to drop in Clark County, with Nevada among a handful of states with all of its counties experiencing low levels of the disease.

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Recent Public Health Accomplishments

February 7, 2023
Reimund Serafica (Nursing) is the lead author of the article, "Passive Suicidal Ideations in Older Adults: A Case Report," in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Serafica co-published with Timothy Grigsby (Public Health). The article presents the diagnosis and treatment of an older adult with depression and passive suicide ideation (SI).  
February 7, 2023
Tim Grigsby (Social and Behavioral Health) co-authored a manuscript titled, “The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Problematic Alcohol and Drug Use Trajectories and the Moderating Role of Social Support,” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The study assesses the longitudinal impact of adverse childhood…
February 6, 2023
Faria Tavacoli (Public Health) was selected to be a part of the 2023 Advisory Board of the Born This Way Foundation, an organization co-founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, that supports the mental health of young people and works with them to build a kinder and braver world. The board consists of 31 people, ages 15 to 24 who…
February 1, 2023
The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) was mentioned in the article, "Leaving No Stone Unturned: Southern Nevada Health District" that is featured on CDC's "Stories from the Field" page. The Southern Nevada Health District's (SNHD) Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is a CDC partner doing heroic…
January 30, 2023
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health, Internal Medicine) has coauthored an article titled, “Diabetes Type 2 Risk Score for African Americans based on Jackson Heart Study data: A cross-sectional study,” in association with colleagues from Jackson State University in the Journal of Health and Social Sciences. The article discusses the…
January 30, 2023
Kyle Henson (Healthcare Administration and Policy) is a recipient of the undergraduate Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Scholarship Award for 2023. The HIMSS Foundation awards two $5,000 HIMSS Student Member scholarships annually: one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student. The scholarships are for HIMSS…