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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics News

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

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.

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.

microscope image of monkeypox
Business and Community | September 5, 2022

UNLV infectious disease expert Brian Labus offers a primer on monkeypox — what it is, how it spreads, and what you need to know to protect yourself. 

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

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

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

Research | June 8, 2022

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

Epidemiology and Biostatistics In The News

Verywell Health
January 1, 2023

You know your child is sick—they have a fever, chills, and a cough. But it can be challenging to decipher whether they have COVID-19, the flu, RSV, or something else. Now, you may be able to determine what is causing their symptoms with one simple nose swab at home. But it's not as simple as you think.

Nevada Independent
January 1, 2023

When Steve Sisolak won the governor’s race in 2018, it marked the first time Nevada elected a Democratic governor in two decades, ushered in by a blue wave that also gave Democrats their first trifecta — control of the governor’s mansion, the Senate and the Assembly — in three decades.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
December 29, 2022

After a post-Thanksgiving spike this month, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Clark County and across the state continue to decline, new state data shows.

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 28, 2022

After a post-Thanksgiving spike this month, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Clark County and statewide continue to decline, new state data shows.

December 16, 2022

In New Zealand, the parents of a baby who needs life-saving open heart surgery insist that his blood transfusion comes from donors who haven’t had the COVID-19 vaccine. Anti-vaccine campaigners have recently used this case to focus on the lingering claim that those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 have “clean blood” or “pure blood” and that it’s dangerous for them to receive a transfusion from someone who is vaccinated. For example, anti-vaccine activist Steve Kirsch claims that because of COVID-19 vaccination, “The safety of the blood supply is unknown.” The parents of the baby have appeared on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars podcast, defending their position.

December 16, 2022


The FIFA World Cup in Qatar has brought together hundreds of thousands of people to see soccer’s greatest competition. Amid the revelry, some health experts are warning about the possibility of a virus being spread among the crowd. That condition is called Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).


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

January 18, 2023
Ann Vuong (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) co-published an article titled, "Postprandial changes of oxidative stress biomarkers in healthy individuals," in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. This study aimed to examine the postprandial changes of fluorescent oxidation products, malondialdehyde, total antioxidant capacity, and Superoxide…
January 17, 2023
Miguel Fudolig (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) presented a paper titled, "Modified Multi-strain SIR Model for Emerging Viral Strains," at the 2023 International Conference on Health Policy Statistics (ICHPS) on January 9-11, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The study presents deterministic and stochastic simulations of the spread of an emergent…
January 11, 2023
Nicole DeVille (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) published an article titled, "Neighborhood socioeconomic status and mortality in the nurses' health study (NHS) and the nurses' health study II (NHSII)," in the journal Environmental Epidemiology.  Neighborhood effects are increasingly recognized as important contributors to health disparities,…
January 10, 2023
Ann Vuong's (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) pilot project on "Early life exposure to flame retardants and kidney function in adolescence" was funded by the Mountain West Clinical and Translational Infrastructure Network for $66,000. Data from the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study will be used to examine whether early…
January 4, 2023
Yeunkyung Kim (Healthcare Administration and Policy) and Jihye Kim (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) published an article titled, "Did Massachusetts' COVID-19 vaccine lottery increase vaccine uptake?," in the journal PLOS ONE. The authors' primary objective was to evaluate whether Massachusetts' COVID-19 vaccine lottery increased vaccine uptake. 
December 7, 2022
Yonsu Kim (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Sheniz Moonie (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and colleagues published an article titled "A higher Asthma Medication Ratio (AMR) predicts a decrease in ED visits among African American and Hispanic Children" in the Journal of Asthma. Higher rates of ED visits and hospitalizations for asthma…