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Meet Our Students

Undergraduate

You are here to pursue the greater good, and together we can truly make a difference. At Stempel College, your life flows from state-of-the-art laboratories to our very own tropical backyard, where our community partners provide incomparable in-the-field experience with Miami’s diverse population. Our community engagement is complemented by opportunities to learn from esteemed faculty in small class settings. And, all of these perks prepare you to tackle the challenges of dietetics and nutrition and social work. You are workforce-ready when you graduate; ready to be a force for good.

Graduate

Advancing your education to be a force for good demands dedication and guidance. A master’s degree from Stempel College is a catalyst for practitioners looking to sharpen their skills and scholars gearing up for a doctoral degree. Our three fully accredited disciplines strike a balance between your course work, lab research and practice so you can develop the sophisticated skills you need to become a leader.

Doctoral

Pursuing your Ph.D. at Stempel College is an interdisciplinary journey into the most critical health and social welfare concerns of our time. Together, with the support of nurturing mentors who blur traditional academic boundaries, your cutting-edge, relevant and solutions-focused research will help you chase the greater good for our community—and beyond.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to FIU’s Stempel College! I want to thank you for your interest in our unique college. Academic life here flows from state-of-the-art laboratories to our very own tropical backyard, where our community partners provide incomparable in-the-field experience with Miami’s diverse population. Our community engagement is complemented by opportunities to learn from esteemed faculty in small class settings while collaborating across disciplines. All of these perks prepare our students to tackle the challenges of public health, dietetics and nutrition, social work and disaster management as leaders and scholars. We are here to pursue the greater good, and together we can truly make a difference. We hope you will join us!

—Tomás R. Guilarte, Ph.D. | Dean

Student Spotlight

Stempel students volunteer to help run COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Stempel students volunteer to help run COVID-19 vaccine clinic

In January of 2021, Anny Rodriguez received an email from Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, the chair of epidemiology at FIU's Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, asking students to volunteer to support the vaccine clinic on campus. The university had just...

From COVID-19 first responders to Stempel College graduates

From COVID-19 first responders to Stempel College graduates

Ahmed Abousaleh never imagined going back to school— it was more than 20 years since he graduated from high school and entered the workforce. He worked as a combat medic with the Army, earned his paramedic license and later secured a job as a first responder with the...

Contact tracing on campus: Stempel MPH students help get it done

Contact tracing on campus: Stempel MPH students help get it done

Contact tracers have their work cut out for them. Just ask a pair of MPH students in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. They’re helping to get people to open up in the midst of a pandemic that for months kept many behind closed doors. As...

Student earns online MPH while working as yacht crew

Student earns online MPH while working as yacht crew

The day Michelle Finn had to take a final exam in one of her online Master of Public Health courses, the yacht on which she served as both lead stewardess and sole medical crew member was scheduled to sail. WiFi would be non-existent, and she had to convince the...

Cassandra Rene

Cassandra Rene

  Area of Research HIV/AIDS, Sexual Health, Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, Health Disparities in the Haitian Community Education Currently: Doctoral student in Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention University of Miami, MPH University of Florida, BS in...

Vanessa A. Vassall, MSPH, MCHES

Area of Research Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health, Child Welfare, Health Inequity, Access to Quality Care Education Currently: Doctoral student in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; McKnight Doctoral Fellow, NACCHO Health and...

Russell P. Miller

Russell P. Miller

Area of Research Health Disparities, Tobacco Control, Sexual and Minority Health Education Currently: MPH candidate in Epidemiology Bowling Green State University, BS in Public Health I knew FIU’s Stempel College was the next step in my public health...

Stempel College Study Room

Take a break!

Find respite from the fast-paced academic cycle inside our OSAA. Students can reserve the Study Room for one-hour intervals (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays) throughout the semester via sign-up sheets available at the front desk (AHC5-145). During finals week, we kick it up a notch with an additional Study Break Table featuring coffee, tea, snacks and a comforting sense of calm from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday in the communal area of our office. We know that you will finish strong!