Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Epidemiology and Biostatistics

First Committee Member

Michelle Chino

Second Committee Member

Tim Bungum

Third Committee Member

Patricia Cruz

Fourth Committee Member

Alan Simmons

Number of Pages



The UNLV-SIPHI (Sexual Health Internet-Based Public Health Intervention) Study focused on HIV prevention by improving HIV testing behavior through the development and dissemination of health education materials. The goal of the UNLV-SIPHI Study was to develop effective, custom-made HIV health education materials that promote the knowledge, intention and practice of HIV testing among UNLV students. The UNLV-SIPHI Study was conducted during Spring 2012 semester in selected UNLV undergraduate classes. An online quasi-randomized-control trial (RCT) was used to measure the difference in HIV testing behavior contributing factors among students exposed to the health education materials. Several nonparametric tests were used to analyze the results of the study. The results showed a significant increase in the knowledge of HIV testing practice among participants in the post-test groups over the pre-test population (T=5.5, p


College students; Epidemiology; Health behavior; Health education; Health promotion; HIV infections – Diagnosis; HIV infections – Prevention; Public health; University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Epidemiology | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Virus Diseases