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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Environmental and Occupational Health

First Committee Member

Sheniz Moonie

Second Committee Member

Jennifer Pharr

Third Committee Member

Timothy Bungum

Fourth Committee Member

Alona Angosta

Number of Pages



Objective: Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting young children nationally and globally. Asthma affects more than 25 million people in the nation, of which 6

million are children. Lifetime asthma prevalence for children in Nevada is 11.5% (CDC, 2016). This is likely an underestimate due to a large undocumented Hispanic population. In Clark County School District (CCSD) during the 2016-2017 school year, 20,235 students (8%) listed asthma in school records as a health concern. Asthma burden varies by sociodemographic group with highest rates documented among Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and pediatric populations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a National Asthma Control Plan that provides statewide recommendations, yet Nevada is not included due to federal funding limitations for the inclusion of new states. There have been few studies in the state of Nevada that specifically address asthma prevalence and the impact of the condition on school achievement measures in Clark County. The literature is conflicting regarding the disease impact on school GPA and other standardized school test measures. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of self or proxy reported health status on school absenteeism and GPA measures among Clark County School District (CCSD) students enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Methods: Administrative and health record data were acquired from Clark County School District for the 2016-2017 school year. The relationship between health status, school achievement measures, and absenteeism in Clark County will be assessed using linear models. Results: Significant relationships between health status and gender, grade level, and race/ethnicity were found (p

management of the condition among school aged children.


administrative; asthma; asthma prevalence; clark county


Public Health

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1.5 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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