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Research

Stempel College sustains research leadership in health disparities and improving health equity, chronic diseases, health economics, healthy aging and the consequences of environmental exposure. The college’s reach extends beyond South Florida to embrace global populations as major public health issues and social welfare problems continue to affect the world.

Stempel College’s research portfolio has grown exponentially from $6.2M in 2016 to $10.6M in 2017 to now over $21 million in 2019 with new grants and exciting research projects. To augment research capabilities and meet expectations set forth in the college’s strategic plan and FIUBeyondPossible2020 Strategic Plan, we dramatically increased the number of postdoctoral fellows and research associates with our incoming grant support.

Stempel College’s School of Public Health ranked 18th in most funded public health programs at public universities by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. With more than $6 million awarded during the 2019 fiscal year [Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019], Stempel College’s School of Public Health received the second most NIH funding in the state of Florida. To create the annual list, Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research derives its data from NIH RePORTER, an electronic tool that allows users to search a database of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding. Out of a possible 177 public health schools nationwide (public and private), a total of 67 schools had enough NIH funding to be included in the list.

Some areas of concentration include: neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, health disparities, environmental toxicity, diabetes and obesity interventions, asthma, community based participatory research, public health policy analysis, health economics, health systems analysis, cancer, cardiopulmonary disease, neurodegenerative disease, and the emerging area of “environmental health impacts” (which encompasses emerging health threats such as climate change).

Stempel College is home to two Emerging Preeminent Programs: The Brain, Behavior and Environment Program and Health Inequities and Disparities Program.