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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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People | April 25, 2022

One of the biggest rewards of public health, according to Gabriela Buccini, is the ability to make the world better for so many – in her case, mothers and babies. 

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Campus News | February 10, 2022

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

students in classroom socially distanced and masked
Campus News | January 13, 2022

Infectious disease expert Brian Labus' hopes and concerns as UNLV's spring semester starts.

Professor Brian Labus on zoom screen
People | December 31, 2020

UNLV public health professor became a go-to source for media in Nevada and worldwide on the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Professor Labus writing on white board
People | December 29, 2020

UNLV Public Health professor Brian Labus dismantles misperceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine and shares why it works, why it’s safe, and why everyone eligible should get it.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 13, 2022

A new wave of COVID-19 infections has hit southern Nevada, caused by a new omicron subvariant, decreased immunity and riskier behavior, a senior official of the Southern Nevada Health District said on Wednesday.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 12, 2022

A fresh wave of COVID-19 infections has hit Southern Nevada, triggered by a new omicron subvariant, waning immunity and riskier behavior, a top official with the Southern Nevada Health District said Wednesday.

Pahrump Valley Times
May 12, 2022

A fresh wave of COVID-19 infections has hit Southern Nevada, triggered by a new omicron subvariant, waning immunity and riskier behavior, a top official with the Southern Nevada Health District said Wednesday.

April 28, 2022

For two years, the pandemic has disrupted the event industry. Numerous weddings, bat and bar mitzvahs, milestone birthdays, conferences and large social gatherings worldwide were canceled or postponed.

Huffington Post
April 28, 2022

COVID isn't going away. Here's what to consider if you're hosting a wedding, big birthday party or any other large gathering.

April 1, 2022

Coronavirus cases have dropped dramatically in the United States since their peak in January. As the Omicron wave has subsided, mask policies and other mitigation measures have fallen by the wayside, and states have scaled back their COVID-19 data reporting.

Recent Epidemiology and Biostatistics Accomplishments

April 24, 2022
Kavita Batra (Medicine), Brian Labus (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Jennifer R. Pharr, and Emylia Terry (both Environmental and Occupational Health) published a study, "Assessing Psychological Impact of COVID-19 among Parents of Children Returning to K-12 Schools: A U.S. Based Cross-Sectional Survey," in the Healthcare journal. The purpose of…
April 20, 2022
Amruta Godbole, Sheniz Moonie, Ann Vuong (all Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Courtney Coughenour (Environmental & Occupational Health) along with Cai Zhang of Tongji Hospital and Aimen Chen of the University of Pennsylvania, published a paper on "Exploratory analysis of the associations between neonicotinoids and measures of adiposity…
March 29, 2022
Elizabeth D. Kahane (Graduate College), Lung-Chang Chien, Brian Labus, and Sheniz Moonie (all Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Dharini M. Bhammar (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences), and Jocy-Anna Chevalier (Public Health) published an article on "Depression and Factors Impacting Quality of Life among Adults with Asthma Presence in Nevada" in…
March 24, 2022
Dr. Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) recently co-authored and published a research article, "Association Between Shift Rotation and 30-year Framingham Risk of Cardiovascular Disease among Male Workers in a Medium-sized Manufacturing Factory," in Industrial Health. Findings reveal that workers on weekly rotations involving 3–5…
March 11, 2022
Janice M. Pluth (Health Physics & Diagnostic Sciences) and Chad L. Cross (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), along with colleagues at UC Berkley, recently published the article "Cellular DNA Effects of Radiation and Cancer Risk Assessment in Cells with Mitochondrial Defects" in the Journal of Radiation Research and Applied Sciences. The…
March 3, 2022
Chad L. Cross & Sheniz Moonie (Epidemiology & Biostatistics); two former School of Public Health graduate students (Julia Anderson and Karen Gutierrez); current graduate student (Jacklynn De Leon), and colleagues from the University of Missouri published "Rural-Urban Continuum as a Potential Geographic Correlate of Breast and Prostate…