FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

School of Social Work


Be the Change

As a Social Work student, you help find solutions to social problems and change the quality of life and well being of individuals, groups and communities. At FIU, our program is grounded in the core competencies set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). We place emphasis on achieving a comprehensive, developmental and community-oriented understanding of the needs facing urban societies in rapidly changing social, political, economic and cultural conditions. Graduates of our programs contribute to the knowledge base of social welfare by evaluating the effects of social welfare interventions at all levels.

The social work profession is concerned with preventing and ameliorating social problems and enhancing the quality of human life. Professional practice focuses on the transactions between people and their environments that affect their ability to accomplish life tasks, alleviate distress and realize individual and collective aspirations.

As social work professionals, we believe in the dignity and worth of each person. Social work practice requires a high degree of knowledge, dedication, scientific understanding of society and human behavior, and identification with the values of the profession. FIU’s School of Social Work prepares students like you for a career in this rewarding profession.

Established in 1972, the Social Work Program was first introduced when the University began offering academic programs. The School offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to the Bachelors (BSSW), Master’s (MSW) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Social Work. The BSSW program was one of the first degree program offerings in the University and has been accredited since July, 1974, by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The MSW degree program has been offered since August, 1981 and received full accreditation status from CSWE in April, 1986.

The School of Social Work, located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, offers programs of professional study to prepare graduates to work effectively in complex human service organizations. These organizations may be located in governmental or voluntary settings, in community, regional, state and national systems.

Faculty members are recruited from prominent national and international universities and bring excellence and diversity to teaching and research at the School. Faculty members are involved in many community projects, including:

  • FIU Department of Children and Families Professional Development Center
  • Community Based Intervention Research Group (C-BIRG)
  • Latino Drug Abuse Research Center (LDARC)
  • Latino HIV Behavioral Science Center (LHIVBSC)
  • South East Florida Center on Aging
  • Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHelp™

They also participate in other research centers and groups throughout South Florida. Academic Analytics ranked the graduate faculty fourth in the nation in faculty scholarly productivity, as reported in the November 16, 2007, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Assessments & Outcomes


School of Social Work

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 576
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-5880
Fax: 305-348-5312

Mary Helen Hayden, Ed.D., L.C.S.W., D.C.S.W.
Director and MSW Coordinator

Jennifer Abeloff, M.S.W., M.S.
Associate Director and BSSW Coordinator

Gladys Ramos
Admissions Program Assistant

Maria Gutierrez
Office Manager
Phone: 305-348-5880