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

U.S. News & World Report ranked Stempel College’s School of Public Health for the first time in the college’s history- ranking 50th among public universities and 78th out of 177 overall.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Social Work 53rd among public universities and 77th out of 261 programs nationally, an 11- point improvement.

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

Stempel College hosts first community day, comes together for greater good

More than 60 students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered recently for the first Stempel College community day. Held at Camillus House, the event was an opportunity for those close to the college to share the morning while giving back to the community by assisting Camillus House and its clients.

Gender norms and HIV-protection in Latina farmworker communities

Latina immigrant farmworkers are a vulnerable and understudied population that face a host of socio-cultural and structural barriers that place them at risk for HIV infection. Cultural factors, including traditional gender roles that frequently inhibit communication between partners and promote rigid roles, may particularly affect self-protection in regards to HIV prevention among Latinas.

Tourism may lead to health risk for the industry workers

Touristic escapism is a term FIU researchers have developed to refer to the time when tourists – away from their homes, cultural norms and daily life –take a break from their reality, which may lead to behaviors beyond their daily routines or lives. This could be anything from windsurfing or hiking for the first time, skydiving, or partaking in risky behaviors like taking drugs or unsafe sex.

Stempel’s School of Social Work selected by The National Council for Behavioral Health to participate in Opioid Learning Collaborative

The School of Social Work, part of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has been selected out of more than 100 universities nationwide to participate in The National Council for Behavioral Health’s learning collaborative on the opioid epidemic.

Global Health Consortium collaborates with PAHO, selects Malaria Champion

As part of the Consortium’s mission of end the spread of vector-borne, or mosquito spread, diseases such as malaria, Espinal and Andria Rusk, research assistant professor with the Global Health Consortium, are collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) on the Municipalities for Zero Malaria’ initiative, part of the Malaria Champions of the Americas project.

Researchers evaluate HIV prevention intervention on farmworker communities, find positive results

Latina immigrants in farmworker communities are a vulnerable and understudied population who are at a high risk for contracting HIV. Nationally, rates of new HIV infections among Latinas are more than four times that of non-Latina white women – and the rates are even higher for those in marginalized populations.  
Researchers from Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work’s Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) recently concluded a three-year study on the effectiveness of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) evidence based SEPA (Salud/Health, Educación/Education, Prevención/Prevention, Autocuidado/Self-care) program.

Florida International University researchers study predictors of retention in care and viral suppression among Florida youth

A study conducted by researchers at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work aimed to assess predictors of retention in HIV care and viral suppression among youth diagnosed with HIV between 1993 and 2014 in Florida.

Dietetics and Nutrition students launch podcast by dietetics students for dietetics students

As part of the class “Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition,” students at Stempel College are creating a podcast by dietetics students for dietetics students. “Dietetics Next” looks to become a resource for students and gives them the opportunity to discuss topics and answer fundamental questions many encounter on the track toward becoming dietitians.

Florida International University researchers team up with University of Minnesota to develop a database of DNA adducts

The frequent exposure to chemicals in the environment and diet leads to the chemical modification of DNA, resulting in the formation of DNA adducts. Some DNA adducts can induce mutations during cell division, and when occurring in critical regions of the genome, can lead to disease, including cancer.
Dr. Marcus S. Cooke, professor in the department of Environmental Health Sciences at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, is a coinvestigator on a $164,000 grant from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in partnership with Dr. Anthony P. DeCaprio, department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Arts, Science and Education at FIU, and a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, comprising Drs. Jingshu Guo, Peter Villalta, Scott Walmsley, and Robert Turesky.

Flavored tobacco a major factor in the popularity of waterpipe smoking, study finds

Flavored tobacco is one of the major factors behind the popularity of waterpipe smoking in the United States and internationally, a recent FIU study found.

Researchers at Stempel College examined the impact of tobacco flavor manipulation on satisfaction, puffing behavior and toxicant exposure among high-frequency and low-frequency waterpipe users.

After a natural disaster in Bockistan, Disaster Field Operations Course makes all the difference

This is the fictional scenario that FIU’s disaster management master’s students recently faced as they experienced their capstone practical field course. Held for the fourth time at FIU’s Biscayne Bay campus, the three-day exercise gives students the opportunity to put their knowledge into action and gain first-hand experience of what it is like to be in the aftermath of a disaster. This year, the cohort of 38 students were joined by the program’s first class of online students, who came together for the first time. 

FIU is the only disaster management graduate program in the United States that provides a hands-on practical experience to its students.

Faculty honored at National Hispanic Science Network Conference

At the 2019 National Hispanic Science Network conference, two faculty members from FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work were honored for their respective work and research.

What you need to know about Flu season this year

Flu season is once again upon us! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year is expected to be a particularly bad flu season and experts are recommending the flu vaccine to prevent a serious outbreak.

Dr. Deoraj honored as 2019 Recipient of the FIU Faculty Award for Excellence in Service

Dr. Alok Deoraj, senior instructor in the department of Environmental Health Sciences and graduate program director for the Master of Public Health (MPH), is the 2019 recipient of the FIU Faculty Award for Excellence in Service.

Cost-effective rides for research participants with UBER Health partnership

As Miami site activities began on two research collaborations funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) between Stempel’s AIDS Prevention Program and University of Florida, Lerner realized that working with Uber Technologies, Inc., the national ride-sharing network, would be an important way to help participants with their transportation issues. Within their network, Uber Health is a separate dashboard web-based platform that is HIPAA compliant for providing transportation services, applying an information security defense-in-depth strategy where layers of technical and administrative controls are deployed and then validated. 

Dean Guilarte Honored by Rep. Mucarsel-Powell During Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Stempel College Dean Tomás R. Guilarte has been honored by U.S. Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Florida district 26, as part of an event hosted by the congresswoman for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Guilarte was recognized as a leading educator who is committed to furthering research and science education among Hispanics.

Stempel College Research Team is Perfect in Receiving NIH Grant

A proposal submitted by a team of researchers led by Dean and Professor Dr. Tomás R. Guilarte received a perfect impact score of 10, ranking in the top one percentile of all grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Alexandra Briceno, 2019 Alumni Participation Challenge Scholarship Recipient

Alexandra Briceno has worked hard as a student, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, consistently making the Dean’s list, and becoming a member of the Tau Sigma Honor Society are some of her most treasured accomplishments while at Stempel College. And now she can add one more: recipient of the 2019 Alumni Participation Challenge Scholarship.

$1.3M Grant Awarded to Assess Totality of Adducts Induced by Environmental Exposures

Dr. Marcus S. Cooke, professor in Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has received a $1,385,828 grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his proposed novel, non-invasive DNA adductomic approach to assess the totality of adducts induced by environmental exposures.

Dean Guilarte recognized by NBC as Top 20 Hispanic for Hispanic Heritage Month

Dean Tomás R. Guilarte has been selected as one of and NBC Latino’s top Hispanics for 2019.

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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.