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.

Universidad Santo Tomas Students

Colombian students visit college, learn about changing global health issues

Stempel College recently welcomed 23 students from Universidad Santo Tomás in Bogota, Colombia, for an educational inbound seminar about global public health and health services. The students learned about...
Roary in food pantry

Dietetics and Nutrition students help fight hunger, kick-start healthy habits

Currently, more than enough food is produced worldwide to feed everyone globally. Yet, 11 percent of the world’s population, roughly 815 million people, suffer from food insecurity or hunger, according to...
Beer bottles

Upon immigration to U.S., Latinos found to drink less

Latino immigrant men have been found to consume less alcohol upon moving to the United States, compared to their pre-immigration drinking patterns, according to a study by researchers at the Robert Stempel...
Women Centered Care

Prof. Trepka receives five year grant to study women-centered HIV care practices

Implementing women-centered HIV care has been proposed nationally and internationally as a way to address women’s health needs. However, this idea has not been well operationalized for HIV care nor has it...
Hurricane Michael Destruction

My stethoscope is the box of tissues in my pocket

When disaster strikes, many stare at images of the destruction helpless. Mark Macgowan packs his bags and heads out to help. Recovery after a natural disaster is a process, one that begins with tending to...

New research finds that children are particularly vulnerable to environmental tobacco smoke

A study performed by Dr. Marcus S. Cooke, professor in Stempel College’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, along with visiting scholars Dr. Chiung-Wen Hu, Dr. Mu-Rong Chao and Dr. Yuan-Jhe Chang,...

Dr. Sales Martinez’s new research looks to understand the effect of cocaine use on the gastrointestinal tract in HIV-infected adults

Dr. Sabrina Sales Martinez, assistant professor in Stempel College’s department of dietetics and nutrition, is conducting a study on the effects of cocaine use on the gastrointestinal tract in HIV-infected...
Roary getting shot

More than an apple: the flu shot is what keeps the doctor away

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications last winter–the highest death toll in at least four decades. Wissam Al Khoury,...

CRUSADA research featured on NIH blog, INSIGHTS

The Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) continues to address the twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS in Latino communities throughout southern Florida. CRUSADA...
Brain alzheimer's

Dean Guilarte to study effects of environmental toxins and their links to Alzheimer’s disease

The global prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible neurodegenerative condition resulting in extensive memory loss and dementia, is increasing. The disease is of great public significance as there...

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.