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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

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News | November 1, 2023

A chilling collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News | October 2, 2023

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

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | September 1, 2023

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

Graduation surprise
Campus News | August 1, 2023

News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

laptop screen with coursework titled "Bioterror Attack"
Campus News | June 27, 2023

Where does a disease come from and how does it spread? Students learn from UNLV's contagiously captivating infectious disease expert.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics In The News

Verywell Health
November 30, 2023

At one point in 2021, there was a playful culture war pitting #teampfizer against #teammoderna, with social media tags eliciting posts of loyalty for which brand of vaccine eager adults received. Fast forward two years and the brand loyalty has faded, herd immunity has taken hold, and staying up to date on your vaccines can be confusing.

November 15, 2023

The virus is most prevalent in semi-tropical and tropical areas, such as Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Tropical diseases could spread more widely in the U.S. as the climate changes.

November 9, 2023

Travelers may have an additional step at the airport this holiday season. The CDC is expanding its testing of international air travelers for flu, RSV, COVID-19, and other viruses.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
November 6, 2023

Those dealing with cold and flu season are not alone this time of year. Experts describe the fall season as the prime time to see several respiratory illnesses going around.

October 6, 2023

The CDC found a parasite called Angiostrongylus cantonensis (A. cantonensis) in brown rats from Atlanta. Humans can get infected by consuming snails or other foods that have picked up rat droppings.

September 26, 2023

With RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) season almost in full swing, medical professionals are urging people to speak to their healthcare providers about getting vaccinated.

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

November 28, 2023
Nicole DeVille (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) co-published an article on "Contextualizing Depression in Pacific Islander Sexual and Gender Minority Youth—Location, History, and Culture" in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. A recent study identified high rates of depressive symptoms among groups of Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific…
November 16, 2023
Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) gave an oral presentation titled, "Comparing the social vulnerability index for COVID-19: Adopting a novel approach and analyzing spatial associations," on Nov. 14 at the 2023 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
November 3, 2023
Arpita Basu, Ph.D., (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences); Lung-Chang Chien, DrPH, (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and Public Health doctoral student Leigh Ann Richardson, along with colleagues, recently published "Longitudinal associations of physical activity with inflammatory markers in US adults with and without type 1 diabetes" in Diabetes…
October 17, 2023
Nicole DeVille (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) co-published an article titled, "Air Pollution and Temperature: a Systematic Review of Ubiquitous Environmental Exposures and Sudden Cardiac Death," in the journal Current Environmental Health Reports. Environmental exposures have been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular mortality and…
August 28, 2023
Chad Cross (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health) had their research featured in Las Vegas Weekly. The feature discusses Cross' and Messenger's work, focusing on diseases that can be transmitted by insects. In their Parasitology and Vector Biology lab, they engage in citizen science…
August 22, 2023
Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health), Chad Cross (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and colleagues published a paper on "Effects of next-generation, dual-active-ingredient, long-lasting insecticidal net deployment on insecticide resistance in malaria vectors in Tanzania: an analysis of a 3-year, cluster-randomised controlled…