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

US News and World ReportFIU’s School of Public Health has been ranked in the top 100 public health programs in the country for 2020 by US. News & World Report. Coming in at # 78, the ranking represents the first time the school has been ranked.

US News and World ReportFIU’s School of Social Work’s graduate program (MSW) has been ranked in the top 100 social work graduate programs in the country for 2020 by US. News & World Report. Coming in at # 77, the ranking represents an 11 point improvement since the previous ranking.

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

Stempel College increased its research portfolio from $6.2 million in total award actions in 2016, to an amount that is now projected to surpass $23 million in 2019

Dietetics and Nutrition Department Hosts First Research and Creativity Day

The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition recently hosted its first annual Nutrition and Dietetics Research and Creativity Day to give student the opportunity to showcase their research via posters presentations and oral presentations. The event also included several afternoon speakers who inspired Stempel students to think outside the box and strive for healthier living.
“This was truly a wonderful time to showcase of hard work of our Ph.D. students and their commitment to furthering nutrition research that will benefit individuals and communities alike,” Deborah Abel, Director, Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and event organizer.

U.S. News & World Report ranks School of Public Health for first time, School of Social Work also climbs rankings

U.S. News & World Report has ranked FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work’s public health program for the first time in the college’s history, under the leadership of Dean Tomás R. Guilarte.

The School of Public Health moved from the honorable mention category in 2015 – the last time the magazine ranked public health schools across the nation – to 78 out of 113, with an additional 60 programs in the honorable mention category.

In addition, Stempel College’s School of Social Work was ranked No. 77 among peer programs – an 11- point improvement.

$3 million grant funds study of Colombian river contamination, effects on locals

One of the largest rivers in Latin America, the Atrato River in Colombia has been tainted by decades of illegal mining, leading to mercury contamination and other pollutants.
Stempel College — in collaboration with Universidad de Córdoba and Universidad Tecnologica del Choco Diego Luis Cordoba, both in Colombia — has been awarded a $3 million grant to evaluate the degree of contamination throughout the river basin and how it is impacting the health of local populations.

National Institutes of Health awards Dr. Trepka $1.39 million to study HIV care and treatment in Miami

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Florida International University Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work a $1.39 million grant to study how patient-centered HIV care influences patients seeking medical care and how they participate in treatment to suppress the HIV virus.

Students work to alleviate health issues right in the home

Going into a stranger’s home is not necessarily an experience most students anticipate being part of their master’s degree. But for public health students who take part in field research, that is a vital component of their education.
“It is important that students have the opportunity to get real field experience as students,” said senior community-based mentor Claudia Pinzon-Iregui. “They are the ones who will continue to move the research forward, and we are here to guide them as they become public health leaders.”

In the age of smart devices, young children spending more time in front of screens – TV screens

A new study by about screen time shows that children are spending more time watching television than ever before. Comparing pre-mobile device usage in 1997 to when mobile devices were widely available in 2014, the study found that television consumption still significantly outpaced mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets.

Global Health Consortium and PAHO launch new manual to guide management of antibiotic resistance in the Americas

A new manual launched by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and Florida International University (FIU) calls on countries in the Americas to set up programs to optimize the use of antibiotics as a way to prevent resistance.

CBRI researchers find after school ensemble music programs positively affect students’ character, competence and caring

A study performed by FIU’s Community-Based Research Institute (CBRI) at Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work has found that ensemble-based musical instruction in an after school program positively affects the behavior and development of school-aged children.

Stempel College research on lead

At least four million households in the United States have children who are being exposed to high levels of lead. Learn more about what is being done at Stempel College to treat the effects of lead on the brain.

Hear it from our students: Ph.D. in the Environmental Health Sciences department

Our Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. programs include research focused on cancer, cardiopulmonary disease, neurodegenerative disease, cognition and behavior, along with the emerging area of “environmental health impact,” which encompasses health threats such as climate change.

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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.