UNLV School of Public Health
If the currency of inequality is years of life, then the opposite of poverty is health. It might not always be the first medical discipline to come to mind, but public health can have the biggest impact on the overall quality, health and safety of an entire community. The best way to keep people healthy is to help them before they get sick rather than to treat them afterwards.
With this goal in mind, the UNLV School of Public Health (SPH) was established in 2004 to improve the health and well-being of people in Southern Nevada and beyond. Fifteen years later, its departments, programs, and research units are growing and still working 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.
The mission of the SPH is to advance the science of public health and work to eliminate health disparities in Nevada, the nation, and the world by providing leadership in quality education, research, and service. Our vision is to be a vibrant center of excellence for public health teaching and community action and to be a magnet for state, national, and international students.
In 2018, the SPH became one of only 66 public health programs in the world – and the first in Nevada – to receive accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health.