School of Community Health Sciences

School of Community Health Sciences

CEPH accredited logoThe School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) is for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the health industry. Recognizing health requires a multi-faceted approach, SCHS emphasizes multiple perspectives in its curriculum, including the emotional, spiritual, environmental and physical.

The School offers a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited minor, Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, an in-person Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with specializations in Epidemiology, Health Administration and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Health, a Master of Science (MS) degree in Biostatistics, an accelerated BS/MPH program, an online MPH degree with a specialization in Public Health Practice, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, as well as a dual Medical Doctor (MD)/MPH dual degree program with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Graduates from the School of Community Health Sciences are prepared to promote and protect the health of communities nearby and around the world.

Our Mission

To develop, disseminate, and apply knowledge to protect and promote the health of populations. The school's goals that describe strategies to accomplish the defined mission:

  • Develop and advance knowledge for public health through research and practice
  • Cultivate and prepare a skilled and diverse workforce that can sustain equitable and healthy communities
  • Prepare students to become public health practitioners, researchers, educators and leaders
  • Lead innovative approaches to improve public health and reduce health disparities
  • Engage with diverse communities through professional, educational, and scholarly service

Our Vision

Equitable, healthy, and resilient communities. We achieve this vision through these values:

  • Promoting health equity
  • Embracing diversity
  • Advancing knowledge
  • Succeeding through collaboration
  • Developing workforce excellence

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Academic Programs

The School of Community Health Sciences offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Learn more about your options, from the Bachelor of Science in Community Health Sciences to the Master of Science in Biostatistics, the Master of Public Health (MPH) or the Ph.D. in Public Health.

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Student Opportunities

Students are the heart of the School of Community Health Sciences, and we have an array of support available, including scholarships, research opportunities and internships. Come find out more about how we can help you.

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We have a diverse faculty body, with more than 50 academic and adjunct clinical faculty members. Find out more about their work, research and areas of expertise.

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Our Centers

Our specialty centers are actively involved in research activities that span public & community health. Find out how we're making a difference in environmental health, biostatistics, addiction treatment and prevention, epidemiology & more.

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Contact Us

Contact School of Community Health Sciences

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone 775-784-4041

Lombardi Recreation Center, 203