About the School of Public Health

About us

A public health degree will prepare you for a rewarding career working to achieve health equity and eliminate health disparities that impact our communities. Becoming a leader in public health will equip you with the knowledge to impact policy and systemic change, develop and evaluate health programs, create accessible wide-scale services and conduct innovative research. Our programs develop public health practitioners at all levels:

  • Government and organizational health leaders
  • Epidemiological scientists
  • Health analysts
  • Health educators
  • Program planners
  • Grant writers
  • Evaluators
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Academic researchers

Vision, mission and values

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 core values

  • Collaboration
  • Health equity
  • Integrity
  • Commitment to DEI

Learn about our commitment to DEI

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

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. 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). Under the name School of Community Health Sciences, the academic unit became an independent school in 2017. In 2021, the school officially changed its name to the School of Public Health following their monumental accreditation from CEPH.


Faculty and staff looking for branded materials, evaluation guidelines, or resources for new employees are encouraged to explore the links below. All additional questions and resources can be directed to sph@unr.edu

Marketing and communications

Faculty evaluation guidelines

New Employee welcome packet

University welcome resources 

Office of Information Technology

    School of Public Health Strategic Plan 2023-2027

    View the School of Public Health Strategic Plan