Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

You can thank the field of health promotion and disease prevention for many of the greatest societal achievements of our lifetimes, including motor vehicle safety, safer and healthier foods, healthier mothers and babies, as well as the recognition of tobacco as a health hazard. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in public health addresses the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual, community, population health and health disparities over the life course. Maintaining a high quality of life begins with an understanding of how our actions and interactions can affect our health. Our program engages students in applied research to promote healthier lives in the most vulnerable communities both near and far.

For information about the MPH degree program, contact Dr. Melissa M. Howard at 305-348-6583 or melissa.howard1@fiu.edu and Dr. Rashida Biggs at 305-348-4694 or rashida.biggs@fiu.edu.

For information about the Ph.D. program, contact Dr. Susan Biersteker at sbierste@fiu.edu or


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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. For more, please visit Funding Your Education in our website’s “Student Life” section.

Everything you need to know about applying for your preferred degree level or certificate in our various academic programs can be located by using the “Apply Now!” search tool below. For example, you can select your preferred degree level and unit/concentration in the drop-down fields. Alternatively, you can leave the search term field blank to conduct a search of the college’s entire academic repertoire.

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Course Catalogs

 View 2020-2021 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Course Catalog (PDF)

Student Handbook

HPDP Doctoral Student Handbook