The 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 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 Community Health Sciences are prepared to promote and protect the health of communities nearby and around the world.
SCHS Vision, Mission, Values, Goals & Strategies
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 Community Health Sciences (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).
Equitable, healthy and resilient communities.
Develop, disseminate and apply knowledge to protect and promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.
- Promoting health equity
- Embracing diversity
- Advancing knowledge
- Succeeding through collaboration
- Developing workforce excellence
The goals of the SCHS 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
Community Health Sciences now an independent academic unit. The School of Community Health Sciences 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.