Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Our programs in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) address the behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to individual, community, population health, and health disparities over the life course. We seek effective behavioral, social, and structural solutions, and advocate for continual improvements in public health programs and policies to achieve health and well-being for all. Watch the video below to learn more about our program!

Program contacts


Dr. Melissa Howard, Clinical Associate Professor

For more information about the MPH program or graduate certificates, contact Dr. Melissa Howard

Dr. Susan Biersteker, Visiting Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director

For information about the doctoral program, contact Dr. Susan Biersteker.

Dr. Rashida Biggs, Clinical Assistant Professor

For more information about the MPH program or graduate certificates, contact Dr. Rashida Biggs.

Fiorella Suyon, Admissions contact

For admissions, contact Fiorella Suyon at 305-348-4903 or fsuyon@fiu.edu.

Funding your education

At Stempel College, we understand that academic success can be affected by financial aid and funding opportunities. Our students have access to myriad funding options by degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) and by academic discipline (Public Health, Dietetics & Nutrition, Social Work). It’s important to understand the basics of applying for financial aid and the additional resources available to you as a Stempel College student.