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

Donated artwork encourages social justice, inspires Stempel researchers

Art Donation
Recently, Shed Boren, visiting clinical instructor in the School of Social Work and his partner, Jose Valdes-Fauli, generously gifted the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work 29 pieces of Young’s art.

“Purvis’ work speaks to the community that we serve as social workers,” said Boren. “I discovered his art when I was working with the indigent and homeless populations in Miami and really appreciated how it represented that point of view, one that many try to turn a blind eye to but that Purvis understood and celebrated.”

Stempel researcher finds correlation between blood type and susceptibility to severe malaria

Abraham Degarege Mengist is making malaria his mission.

A doctoral student in public health with a concentration in epidemiology, Mengist came to the Robert Stempel from his native Ethopia to acquire training in epidemiological research methods from renowned faculty and a curriculum that would give him the research skills to advance health at home and globally.

Mengist — in collaboration with Stempel College researchers Merhawi T. Gebrezgi, Gladys Ibanez and Purnima Madhivanan as well as Mats Wahlgren of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden — conducted a meta-analysis study examining the effects of blood type on susceptibility to severe malaria and related morbidities.

Universidad de Córdoba representatives visit Stempel College, sign partnership agreement

Representatives from the Universidad de Córdoba in Colombia recently visited Stempel College as the two institutions embark on a new research project together.
“These relationships that we are forging with the Universidad de Córdoba and other universities in Colombia will advance our research and educational agenda in Latin America, which is directly linked to Stempel’s college excellence and mission,” said Stempel Dean Tomás R. Guilarte.

New study finds socioeconomic status and self-rated health linked in China

Socioeconomic status is often associated with differences in people’s reported self-rated health status. Many studies have been conducted on self-related health status in developed countries, but few studies have reported on self-related health in developing countries.

Prof. Wenjie Sun recently worked on a collaboration with Tulane University, Shenandoah University, Wannan Medical College, and Soochow University to better understand how self-rated health affects perceived socioeconomic status in China.

FIU and Stempel College Walk to Raise Suicide Awareness

Suicide comes to the forefront when a celebrity passes away but, for many, it is a persistent daily thought. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24 in Florida – and it is on the rise.

Stempel College celebrates student research with first Research Day

Stempel College recently celebrated the research and dedication of its students with the college’s first Research Day. Students showcased twenty-four ongoing research projects, from both the Ph.D and master’s levels, across all disciplines at the college. It was an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn about the work being done throughout the college and opportunity for students to gain more experience in explaining their research.

Stempel College delegation tackles public health in Colombia

A delegation of Stempel College representatives, led by Dean Tomás R. Guilarte and Carlos Espinal, director of the Global Health Consortium, recently visited Colombia as part of the college’s efforts to strengthen ties and improve public health in the country. The Global Health Consortium is focusing much of its efforts in Colombia, while the college looks to strengthen ties with deeper and broader collaborations in the region.
The four-day, multi-city tour was a chance for researchers and leadership to engage with local stakeholders and organizations that can boost the college’s collaborative opportunities in research areas that include neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

Childhood trauma affects brain and increases risk of substance use in adolescence, study finds

A new study led by social work professor Nicole Fava and psychology professor Elisa Trucco, from the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, found that traumatic childhood experiences like domestic violence, abuse and parental incarceration impact brain functioning and increase the risk of substance use during adolescence.
The study was done through the FIU Center for Children and Families in collaboration with researchers at the University of Michigan. They assessed 465 children that experienced adversity beginning at ages 3-5 and followed them through early adolescence. Researchers were interested in understanding why children exposed to adversity in early childhood are more likely to misuse substances later in life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hear it from our students: Ph.D. in Epidemiology

Our Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology trains established public health researchers with a higher level of knowledge and professional skills that are necessary for applying epidemiological research methods to public health problems.

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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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.