US News and World ReportWe are proud to announce that FIU’s School of Social Work’s graduate program (MSW) has been ranked in the top 100 social work graduate programs in the country for 2019. The ranking is from US News and World Report.

The School of Social Work also has the highest licensure pass rate in South Florida!

Stempel College reaches 90% second-year retention rate for 2017-2018 cohort.

Stempel College’s research portfolio has grown exponentially from   $6.2M in 2016 to $10.6M in 2017 to now over $17.1M in 2018

Stempel students completed more than 178,819 internship hours in 2017-2018.

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Social work student wins the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship award

Pnina Aaronson, undergraduate student in The School of Social Work, recently won second place in the FIU the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship award for her moving essay. Aaronson hopes to pursue...

Hear it from our students: Ph.D. in Health Disparities

Our Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Disparities trains the next generation of health disparities researchers to be acutely aware of the social and cultural determinants of health.
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Recent Social Work graduate accepted into The Peace Corps

A recent graduate of the School of Social Work, Emmanuel Vega Arreola had been working with refugees and asylum seekers as part of his internship for his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work when he decided...

Hear it from our students: Ph.D. in Health Systems Research

Our Ph.D. program in Health Policy and Management emphasizes public health policy analysis, health economics and health systems analysis. The Affordable Care Act created new policies and regulations that have demanded greater knowledge about how policy and practice changes influence population health and health system performance.

Academy for International Disaster Preparedness awarded nearly $5 million to train disaster response medical professionals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has awarded Florida International University’s Academy for International Disaster Preparedness at the Robert Stempel...
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CRUSADA hosted community fair, bridging the community-science gap

The Center for Research on US Latin, HIV/AIDS, and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) at Florida International University (FIU) recently hosted a community fair at the Homestead Everglades Community Center. The fair, led...
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EHS professor only U.S. representative participating in European Union DNA project

Marcus S. Cooke, professor at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has been accepted as a management committee observer, on behalf...

World-renowned neuroscientists visit Stempel College

Dr. Francisco Lopera, director of the Neuroscience Group at the University of Antioquia and his colleagues Dr. Marlene Jiménez del Río and Dr. Gloria Patricia Cardona-Gómez were joined by Dr. Carlos Alberto Cano from the Instituto de Envejecimiento at Universidad Javeriana on a visit to Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work.
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Craig A. Garmendia is Worlds Ahead

Thanks to his dedication and hard work, Craig A. Garmendia is being recognized as Stempel College's Fall 2018 Worlds Ahead Graduate by FIU during the commencement ceremony on Dec. 12, 2018. Here is his...

Community-Based Research Institute receives $1.2 million grant to provide health promotion to indigenous communities

Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (Stempel), in collaboration with Florida State University’s (FSU) College of Nursing, have earned a $1.275 million grant to address health disparities...

The Stempel College Story

Together for the greater good.

When Dr. Tomás R. Guilarte arrived at Florida International University in 2016, he ignited an exciting new era as dean of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. His vision for collaboration, innovation and evolution has elevated the college and its major disciplines—Public Health, Dietetics and Nutrition, Social Work and Disaster Preparedness—to a top-tier status. Our robust research portfolio and initiatives, as well as our emerging preeminent programs, bring our students and faculty to the forefront of their fields.

Stempel College’s unique geography at the intersection of the Americas in Miami, Fla., drives us to solve complicated health and social welfare matters afflicting the most underserved populations. And, this doesn’t change after graduation; alumni continue to contribute in meaningful ways.


To inspire groundbreaking research and education in public health, dietetics and nutrition and social welfare from within a nurturing academic environment that influences policy and promotes healthy lives—especially for the most underserved—in communities near and far.


We are shaping the future by integrating our academic disciplines for our students and sharing our innovative research and solutions to promote health and wellness around the world.


We embrace the responsibility to be a force for good for our students and the diversity of our communities through ethical research and problem solving, while educating and serving with courage, integrity, fairness and respect.

Our Research

Stempel College is home to groundbreaking research programs and centers fueled by faculty, staff and students who parse problems to find answers at an accelerated pace. We research and teach to affect positive change in our communities through interventions at every possible level. Our research guides leaders, is translated into policy and processes, and ultimately, serves those who need the most support.

We are Stempel College

A pioneering spirit drives the college forward. We have a laser-sharp focus on making discoveries—in the lab, the classroom and within the community. To maintain this momentum, we are constantly evolving the way we teach, interrelate and tell the stories behind our findings.