About the School of Public Health

About Public Health

The School of Public Health is for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the health industry. Recognizing health requires a multi-faceted approach, the School of Public Health emphasizes multiple perspectives in its curriculum, including the emotional, spiritual, environmental and physical. The School offers a minor, an undergraduate degree, a master's degree, a Ph.D., as well as dual degree programs with the Orvis School of Nursing and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Graduates from the School of Public Health are prepared to promote and protect the health of communities nearby and around the world.

Vision, Mission, Values, Goals & Strategies

Our History

After recognizing the popularity of the public health undergraduate degree offered in the former Department of Health Ecology, faculty worked to create what is now the School of Public Health. The current school was established by the Board of Regents on September 1, 2004, and seeks to grow the numbers of faculty, graduate students, MPH programs in each of the core areas of public health, and doctoral degrees in selected areas while engaging in cutting-edge research and community service. Since the Master in Public Health (MPH) was first offered in 2000, program graduates have gone on to positions at universities, hospitals, state and county health departments, and into Ph.D. programs and medical school. In June 2011, the MPH programs achieved a major milestone when they were accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Our Vision

Equitable, healthy and resilient communities.

Our Mission

Develop, disseminate and apply knowledge to protect and promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Our Values

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

Our Goals

The goals of the Public Health programs are the following:

  • 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.

Dean Trudy Larson, MD

Headshot of Trudy LarsonSchool of Public Health now an independent academic unit. The School of Public Health became an independent academic unit at the University of Nevada, Reno in July 2017. Under the leadership of founding Dean Trudy Larson, M.D., the school has ambitious plans to grow and become further involved in the community to address the social determinants of health that affect the health of Nevadans and beyond.

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