Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Environmental and Occupational Health

First Committee Member

Shawn L. Gerstenberger

Number of Pages



One of the most significant public health successes during the late 20th century was the reduction of blood lead levels among children in the United States. However, lead continues to be a public health issue because it often affects minority children of lower socioeconomic status, who live in older homes. Young children are especially susceptible to the harmful affects of lead due to their vulnerable developmental state. According to research, the most common sources of lead exposure for U.S. children are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in the home; This study examined residential lead hazards, nutritional deficiencies, and socio-cultural factors related to children with blood lead levels ≥ 5mug/dL in Clark County, Nevada. The results demonstrated that lead-based paint residential hazards may not be the most common source for childhood lead exposure for children. While the results on nutritional deficiencies and Socio-cultural factors related to Hispanic children were insignificant, evident trends were observed. These trends warrant the development for culturally appropriate lead prevention programs in Clark County, Nevada.


Blood; Children; Cultural; Deciliter; Deficiencies; Equal; Factors; Five; Greater; Hazards; Hispanic; Lead; Levels; Micrograms; Nutritional Related; Residential

Controlled Subject

Public health; Nutrition; Public policy; Hispanic Americans--Study

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2959.36 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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