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Housed in the UNLV School of Public Health, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics aims to prepare students for careers in private industry, non-profit, government agencies, or positions requiring study design or data analysis responsibilities. The department provides statistical consulting, survey design and implementation services both at the School of Public Health and campus wide.

Current Epidemiology and Biostatistics News

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Campus News | May 16, 2023

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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People | May 15, 2023

Nikki Deville discovered a passion for public health after taking a global health elective course that put her on a whole new path. 

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Campus News | April 21, 2023

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

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Campus News | March 17, 2023

A roundup of news stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made headlines locally, nationally, and globally.

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Campus News | February 15, 2023

Whether you love diving into data or creating awareness campaigns, public health degrees offer a variety of ways to capitalize on your skills.

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Campus News | February 10, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting expert insights, new collaborations, and academic achievement.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics In The News

Medical News Today
April 26, 2023

The latest subvariant that causes COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, but the World Health Organization considers it to be no more dangerous than the other variations of the novel coronavirus now in circulation.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
April 7, 2023

Scientists are calling it an emerging global public health threat and Nevada has seen more cases than any other state. Candida auris is a fungal infection that primarily impacts places like hospitals and nursing homes. Now UNLV researchers are tracking it. They are looking at wastewater samples much like they have for Covid-19 and even monkeypox. The researchers report they have found positive samples of the deadly fungus at all seven sewer sheds in the Vegas Valley.

April 4, 2023

A new report shows that Southern Nevada has the highest number of cases of a potentially lethal fungus in the country.

Popular Science
March 27, 2023

Tick season is not only starting sooner—it’s becoming a year-round event. While April through September are usually the most active months, the pesky eight-legged parasites are biting people and animals much earlier in the year than expected. The increasing tick bites are leading to a rise in a variety of tick-borne diseases, including some that were previously uncommon.

March 23, 2023

Gerber Good Start SoothePro is the latest formula to face a voluntary recall due to possible contamination. Here's what parents need to know about all the recent recalls.

KSNV-TV: News 3
March 22, 2023

A potentially deadly fungus that is resistant to medicine is spreading quickly across the United States, and Nevada has the most cases of any state in the last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Experts

An expert on parasites, as well as the biology and control of ticks, mites, and other insects. 

Recent Epidemiology and Biostatistics Accomplishments

May 23, 2023
Max Gakh (Environmental and Occupational Health), Tim Grigsby (Social and Behavioral Health), Courtney Coughenour (Environmental and Occupational Health), Malcolm Ahlo (Southern Nevada Health District), Kacie Washburn (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and Shawn Gerstenberger (Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article titled, "…
May 22, 2023
Brian Labus and Casey Barber (both Epidemiology and Biostatistics) presented a talk titled, "Everybody poops: the basics of wastewater surveillance and how it can provide an unbiased insight into infectious disease transmission in the community," during the 2023 Nevada Environmental Health Association & Nevada Food Safety Task Force Joint…
May 16, 2023
Arpita Basu, Ph.D., MPH, RD/LD (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Lung-Chang Chien, Ph.D., (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Leigh Ann Richardson (Public Health), along with colleagues recently published, "Longitudinal associations of healthy dietary pattern scores with coronary artery calcification and pericardial adiposity in US adults…
May 15, 2023
Miguel Fudolig (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) presented a study titled, "Incomplete and Confounded Block Designs in Visual Inference Experiments," during the 2023 International Conference on Design of Experiments on May 8-11 in Memphis, Tennessee. The study explores the use of confounded and balanced incomplete block designs in making visual…
May 10, 2023
Nicole DeVille (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) co-authored an article titled, "Influence of neighborhood social and natural environment on prostate tumor histology in a cohort of male health professionals" in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Adverse neighborhood social and natural (greenspace) environments may contribute to prostate cancer…
April 27, 2023
Kaelia Saniatan (graduate research assistant), Smriti Neupane (graduate research assistant), Gabriela Buccini (all Social and Behavioral Health), and Chad Cross (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) published an article titled: "Socio-demographic, maternal, and infant characteristics associated with pacifier use among six-months old infants in Clark…