Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Epidemiology and Biostatistics

First Committee Member

Brian Labus

Second Committee Member

Chad Cross

Third Committee Member

Ann Vuong

Fourth Committee Member

Fatma Nasoz

Number of Pages



While various studies worldwide investigated trust in relation to health care, government and compliance with public health guidelines, literature remains scarce in relation to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), its population and the services the organization offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study helps fill this gap and serves as a foundation for future research and a guide for service evaluations and improvements at SNHD. As trust towards local health districts by the community they serve remains an important component of public health for collaborative work, SNHD saw the need for evaluating trust by its population based on the services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic and performed an assessment of COVID-19 pandemic response during 5/16/22 - 8/12/22 through door to door surveys (n = 172). The current project is an expansion of this assessment with an objective to investigate trust in SNHD by Southern Nevada residents during the COVID-19 pandemic by looking at its association with various variables including gender, educational attainment, access to vaccination/testing resources, satisfaction by services and more. Chi square tests were performed to measure the associations between the variables and found that gender (X2(1, 124) = 9.10, p =.003), benefit from services during COVID-19 pandemic (X2(1, 102) = 51.45, p = .001) and satisfaction by services during COVID-19 pandemic (X2(1, 118) = 81.71, p = 0.001) had statistically significant associations with trust. Also, binary logistic regression analysis resulted in a model with a significant prediction performance using independent variables benefit and gender.


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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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