About the School

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.

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Message from Dean Trudy Larson, M.D.

Profile image of Trudy LarsonWelcome to the School of Community Health Sciences. You might wonder what community health sciences really means. It is a broad discipline that includes personal health and wellness, population health, studying the health of our communities as it relates to people, environment, social systems, and the classic study of public health. Students with undergraduate degrees from the SCHS work as sports trainers, health educators, in health related businesses and many go on to professional degrees in physical therapy, nursing and our own Master of Public Health (MPH).

The mission of the SCHS is clear: "to develop, disseminate, and apply knowledge with an ecological approach to protect and promote the health of populations statewide and worldwide." This mission is carried out by the faculty within the SCHS and graduates from both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degree programs. Faculty teach and do research in their fields to increase the reach of new and innovative knowledge of graduates. These research projects often include our community partners and graduate students collaborating to address specific population health needs in Nevada. Students from the MPH program have successfully found jobs in their fields regionally, nationally, and globally.

The health of Nevada has many challenges and the SCHS is dedicated to providing new answers through laboratory and community based research and graduating dedicated and creative workers who will address these health needs into the future.

SCHS History, Mission, Values & Goals

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 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).

Our Mission

Develop, disseminate, and apply knowledge with an ecological approach to protect and promote the health of populations.

Our Values

Foster equitable and healthy communities. We achieve this vision through these values:

Advancing Knowledge. We are committed to asking and answering important questions to advance public health through influential research

Embracing Diversity. We value the backgrounds and experiences of our students, faculty, and staff as partners with diverse communities to reduce disparities and promote equal opportunities to achieve optimal health.

Demonstrating Integrity. We strive in all endeavors to consistently demonstrate honesty, fairness, and respect to promote mutual trust and understanding.

Inspiring Learning. We cultivate a dynamic learning environment that includes meaningful conversations and experiential learning to engage and inspire professionals who are committed to advancing community health.

Succeeding Through Collaboration. We appreciate the importance of partnerships for achieving public health outcomes and endeavor to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones.

Our Goals

The goals of the SCHS programs are the following:

  • To prepare future public health practitioners, researchers, educators and leaders
  • To develop the knowledge base for public health through research
  • To be recognized for leadership in innovative approaches to public health
  • To engage with multiple communities through professional and scholarly service
  • To expose students to diversity in multiple venues