About the School of Community Health Sciences

School of Community Health Sciences

About the School of Community Health Sciences

The School of Community Health Sciences is for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the health industry. Recognizing that health requires a multi-faceted approach, CHS emphasizes multiple perspectives in its curriculum, including the emotional, spiritual, environmental, and physical components. The school offers a minor, an undergraduate degree, a masters degree, and 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 Science will be prepared to promote and protect the health of communities nearby and around the world.

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.

Values of the School of Community Health Sciences

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

  • Advancing knowledge
  • Embracing diversity
  • Demonstrating integrity
  • Inspiring learning
  • Succeeding through collaboration

Description of 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.

The goals of the SCHS programs are:

  • 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