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here’s never been a more exciting time to be a student at Stempel College. The desire of our students and faculty to contribute to solutions to the world’s most

pressing challenges is palpable and one of the hallmarks of our college. This shared

Message from

the dean

sense of purpose is the foundation of our defining spirit.

Our students find themselves in the midst of ground-breaking research led by faculty who are national and international leaders in their field. If you’re thinking of studying at Stempel College, I encourage you to come see for yourself how we unite research with teaching and learning, how, through the work being carried out in our labs, we are effecting change beyond them. We are bringing the world to Stempel College and Stempel College to the world.

Together we are fulfilling our promise as a college of public health on the rise.

Tomás R. Guilarte, Ph.D. Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience & Imaging Director, Brain, Behavior & Environment Member, Biomolecular Sciences Institute


Live. Learn. Play. Repeat.

It’s not just the sun and fun of Miami that makes FIU a special place for you to begin this next chapter of your life. It’s the mix of cultures and languages in the neighborhoods surrounding our campuses—a mix that invites the kind of real-world learning experiences you’ll never find in a small college town. It’s the vibrant diversity of our student body, which reflects Miami’s diversity. It’s the varied internship and job opportunities that come with living in a major city. Every day is different when you live in the 305. 2

65-75°F Average daily temperature in Miami in the winter, making it the warmest U.S. city.

128 Total number of languages spoken in South Florida homes, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

1 Number of hours by car from FIU’s main campus (and Stempel College) to South Beach. It only takes four hours to get from FIU to Key West (to the south) or from FIU to Walt Disney World (to the north).


About FIU After opening for classes in 1972 on the site of an abandoned airfield, we’ve gone on to become one of the top 100 public universities in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. In the process, we’ve helped more than 200,000 graduates live their best lives. So if you dream of creating a life that matters and impacting others in a positive way, read on. Because big, bold dreams are our specialty. 57,000 Students 200,000+ Alumni

Top 100 Best young universities in the world

18 Programs among the No. 1 U.S. News & World Report ranks Top 100, according to U.S. News & Florida the nation’s best state for World Report. higher education. No. 2 FIU’s rank among Florida’s public Top 10 Largest public research universities, according to the Florida university in the United States. Board of Governors in 2018, based on student success and improvement. Top 5 FIU was ranked one of the best in the country for social mobility—the 7 FIU has two campuses and five other opportunity for graduates to climb the locations throughout South Florida. socio-economic ladder. Plus, we’re in China!


About Stempel One of the benefits of having the broad student diversity that we enjoy is the chance to gain a more complete understanding of existing issues, both local and global, which will help you create more relevant solutions to today’s challenges. With us, your learning won’t occur solely in the classroom, lab or field—it will occur in the day-to-day conversations you’ll have with your peers, friends and roommates.

Top 10 at FIU

Our doctoral degree in public health, according to number of degrees awarded annually


Percent of Stempel bachelor’s degrees are awarded to minorities

FIU Students

Areas of Study • Dietetics and Nutrition • Disaster Preparedness • Public Health • Biostatistics • Environmental Health Sciences • Epidemiology • Health Policy and Management • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention • Maternal and Child Health • Online MPH with a generalist concentration • Social Work

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Stempel Students

FIU Students

Stempel students

543 bachelor's 521 master's 113 Ph.D. 1,177 total students

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Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Stempel Diversity

53% Hispanic/Latino 19% Black 13% White 8% International 4% Asian 3% Two or more races 3% Other .1% American Indian or Alaska Native


Community Engagement South Florida neighborhoods make FIU an extraordinary place for teaching, research and learning. Stempel College fosters genuine partnerships, creating new relationships and nurturing and expanding existing ones. As a Stempel College student, you’ll collaborate with faculty to unite research with teaching and learning to effect change beyond our campus borders.

Members of the Student Dietetics Association offer grocery shopping tours to FIU students throughout the year.

JUST A FEW OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Banyan Health Baptist Health of South Florida

Cindy Lopez and Alejandra Tercero promoting free HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing as part of the Cody the Camel campaign.

Happy Turkey Day! Members of the Student Social Work Association volunteered at the Miami Rescue Mission on Thanksgiving Day 2017.



Undergraduate and graduate internships in 2017-2018

Active partnerships

Broward County Public Schools Camillus House Citrus Health Florida Department of Health—Miami-Dade and Broward counties FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

11,800 178,819 Service hours completed in 2017-2018

Internship hours completed in 2017-2018

(including NeighborhoodHELP®)

Miami Children's Initiative Miami-Dade County Public Schools Miami Jewish Health Systems Special Olympics of South Florida


12 Consecutive years Phi Alpha Honor Society has received a national award for service

Leading Global Change Today’s challenges call for bold approaches to doing things differently. As a Stempel College student, you’ll have the opportunity to partner with faculty to bring energy, optimism and a new way of thinking to your role as a change agent, making critical connections with local, national and international partners to impact policy from the vantage point of their respective disciplines. FIU has an office in Washington, D.C., providing students and alumni with access to thought leaders as well as one-of-a-kind learning, career and research experiences.

BUILDING POWERFUL PUBLIC HEALTH ALLIANCES AT GLOBAL CONFERENCE The Global Health Consortium (GHC) at Stempel College hosted the 8th Annual International Global Health Conference at FIU in May 2018. Key players in public health developed relationships across borders as 130 experts from 27 countries participated. Attendees included representatives of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Carlos Slim Foundation, four international scientific associations and many universities and professional associations.

ADVOCATING FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES Social work master’s student Tatyana Malinovskaya-Ward was selected to attend the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Trainee Policy Summit and Disability Policy Seminar in April 2018 in Washington, D.C., due to her internship efforts with the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative. As part of her internship, she was required to create an advocacy project. Hers dealt with early childhood education, particularly the lack of affordable and quality preschool options through the Children’s Movement of Florida.

LOBBYING CAPITOL HILL Dietetics and nutrition graduate students attended the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Public Policy workshop in June 2017. The program welcomed 350+ registered dietitian-nutritionists from around the United States. The students met with D.C. officials on Capitol Hill and urged Congress to strengthen insurance coverage of evidencebased preventive and wellness services.

TEACHING STUDENTS TO BECOME VISIONARIES Sahar Ajabshir, doctoral candidate in dietetics and nutrition, participated in FIU’s Student Success Fly-In in December 2017. The three-day program takes place in Washington, D.C., and teaches students how to become visionaries in the workplace through professional and personal development in career exploration, advocacy, communications and policy issues.


Student Success Your learning won’t stop in the classroom. At Stempel College, we’ll encourage you to expand your education beyond our walls. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student—you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get involved.



Professional development opportunities, specifically for Stempel College students, offered annually

Stempel students present their work annually at national and international conferences

A HEALTHIER WAY WITH SDA The Student Dietetics Association (SDA) plans and coordinates volunteer events with organizations and hospitals throughout the community. In 2017, SDA teamed with Baptist Hospital and Common Threads to create Recipes for Healthy Cooking classes (pictured here). In this initiative, SDA members assisted patients in preparing well-balanced meals. The group’s supermarket tours (see photo page 6), which show FIU students how to grocery shop like a nutritionist, is another popular initiative. Most recently, SDA worked with the Association of Graduate Students of Dietetics and Nutrition to introduce a career fair. The event brought together registered dietitians from the fields of pediatrics, sports nutrition, eating disorders and holistic nutrition, allowing students the opportunity to network with professionals and learn more about the profession.

PRESTON IN PRAGUE Health promotion and disease prevention doctoral candidate Sharice Preston presented at the 23rd Congress of the World Association of Sexual Health in Prague, Czech Republic, in May 2017. Her abstract, “Temporal Trends in HPVRelated Knowledge: A Global Systematic Review,” won the Best Abstract Award at the conference.


SEE YOU ON CNN Social work student Daniel Alvarez was interviewed by CNN in September 2016 for his work on human trafficking and the importance of student involvement on the issue. Alvarez felt compelled to become active in social causes after returning from a service trip to Colombia in 2011 with the nonprofit Children Beyond Our Borders.

PH.D. CANDIDATE CURATES SHELTERING SURVIVORS Mitra Naseh was guest curator in 2017 for the exhibition Sheltering Survivors at the Coral Gables Museum. A doctoral candidate in social work, Naseh was born in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. She considered the exhibition an opportunity to start a conversation, beyond the academic context, about the world’s forced displacement crisis.

THREE EARN BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION INTERNSHIPS Three students participated in a highly competitive, 12-week paid internship in the summer of 2018 that was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Master of Public Health students Daniel Tirado (biostatistics) and Donald Yanogo (health promotion and disease prevention) and doctoral student Angel Algarin (epidemiology) worked alongside top-tier global health researchers who tackle the world’s most critical health inequities.

STEMPEL STUDENTS LEARN FROM HURRICANE EVACUEES In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, social work and public health students were able to interact with Monroe County residents who evacuated to a special needs shelter at FIU. The opportunity provided insights into challenges faced by displaced persons in a natural disaster. The students also learned about career opportunities with the U.S. Public Health Services, which operated the shelter.


Research Highlights At Stempel College, our focus is nurturing promising and creative minds and encouraging the free and passionate exchange of ideas between faculty, post doctoral fellows and students. Maybe that’s why we’ve attracted a record number of sponsored research funding the past two years. Faculty win largest single grant in FIU history In fall 2017, faculty in Stempel College won a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to build Florida’s first health disparities Research Center at a Minority Institution (RCMI). The FIU-RCMI at Stempel College will focus on reducing substance use problems and HIV and will work in partnership with South Florida Communities. Evaluating PrEP intervention for women of color in South Florida Dr. Jessy G. Devieux and Dr. Mario De La Rosa are co-principal investigators on a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The purpose of the grant is to help South Florida women of color understand and utilize pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an oral medication used in high-risk populations, as a protective measure for maintaining sexual health and HIV-free lives. Studying the role of cocaine use in liver disease in people with HIV Dr. Marianna K. Baum received a $5.4 million multiyear National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to explore the role of cocaine use in the progression of liver disease in people with HIV. Cocaine puts patients at risk for treatment failure, lower adherence to medications and may have an independent effect on liver disease. Examining long-term effects of ethnic discrimination among Hispanic adolescents Dr. Miguel Angel Cano received funding from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to understand and reduce alcohol use disparities among Latino teenagers 14 to 17 years of age.


Reversing long-term damage of chronic lead exposure in children As principal investigator of a study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Dr. Tomas R. Guilarte has discovered a potential therapy that could reverse lead’s harmful effects in children, including learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Studying neurodegeneration in Hispanic and white non-Hispanic older adults Dr. Shanna Burke was honored by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology with its New Investigator Award for her exploration of “Cognitive and Functional Performance and Measures of Neurodegeneration in Hispanic and White non-Hispanic Older Adults” in Miami-Dade County. An adductomic approach to analyzing DNA damage A study by Dr. Marcus S. Cooke and two visiting research fellows in the department, Dr. Mu-Rong Chao and Dr. Chiung-Wen Hu from Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan, that was published in the Archive of Toxicology described an optimized “adductomic” approach to the integrated analysis of the totality of cellular DNA damage. The study extends the adductomic analysis of cellular DNA to urine, which represents a novel procedure for examining the different varieties of DNA damage formed in the body following environmental exposures.

Dietetics and Nutrition doctoral candidate Sahar Ajabshir (foreground) and post-doctoral fellow Gustavo Zarini

$16.2M 2017-2018 NIH funding



Rank in NIH funding in 2017 among ASPPH members Sponsored research


funding from 2013-2015 to 2016-2018

12 Stempel is home to five research centers and seven research labs

Research you can participate in at Stempel College Cancer Child Welfare Environmental Contamination Health Disparities HIV/AIDS Neurological Diseases Obesity Substance Abuse & Tobacco-Related Diseases Emergency Disaster Relief/Preparedness

Emerging Preeminent Programs Our university has identified outstanding programs that foster student success and drive high-impact faculty research. These programs spark creativity and encourage innovation at the highest levels, helping students like you as well as our researchers better serve our community, our state, our nation and our world.

Human Neuroimaging Center

Stempel College is home to two emerging preeminent programs. BRAIN, BEHAVIOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT


This program is a transdisciplinary initiative that unites FIU’s dynamic and diverse neuroscience and neurotoxicology communities in the pursuit of three goals:

This program is a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students dedicated to advancing research efforts by: • Conducting community-based participatory research

• Create and empower research programs focused on environmental causes of neurological disease • Devise strategies and develop treatments for neurological disorders using novel neuroscience and engineering tools as well as pharmacological approaches • Establish a rich educational resource in South Florida to educate students, faculty, clinicians, the public and health officials on the role that environmental factors play in neurological diseases

• Determining the impact of HIV, substance abuse and ethnicity on health outcomes and barriers in access to health care • Developing and testing culturally appropriate substance abuse and HIV prevention and treatment programs • Partnering with community stakeholders in South Florida, the Caribbean and beyond on real-world approaches to reduce substance use/abuse and HIV • Identifying and eliminating health inequities, health barriers and health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation • Developing the next generation of health inequities and disparities researchers through innovations


Degrees Offered Biostatistics MPH with a concentration in Biostatistics Environmental Health Sciences MPH in Brain Behavior and the Environment MPH in Environmental Health Sciences

Doctoral candidate Amani Othman interned at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Brain, Behavior and the Environment Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Toxicology Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Epidemiology MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology MPH with a concentration in Infectious Disease Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology

Public Health

Health Policy and Management (HPM) MPH in Health Policy and Management

The Public Health Program at Stempel College offers degrees in seven areas of concentration:

Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Systems Research

• Biostatistics • Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) • Epidemiology • Health Policy and Management (HPM) • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) • Maternal and Child Health • Online MPH with a generalist concentration 12

MPH with a concentration in Health Economics

Graduate Certificate in Health Policy Graduate Certificate in Health Economics Master of Public Health (MPH)/Master of Social Work (MSW) Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) MPH with a concentration in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention MPH with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Health Disparities Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Master of Public Health (MPH)/Master of Social Work (MSW) Online MPH MPH in Public Health with a generalist concentration

School of Social Work Director Dr. Mary Helen Hayden (fourth from right) visits with students at the school’s annual meet-and-greet mixer, which welcomes students back to school every fall.

Social Work

Degrees Offered

The School of Social Work’s graduate program (MSW) has been ranked among the Top 100 social work graduate programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, graduates of Stempel College’s School of Social Work have the highest licensure pass rate in South Florida.

Minor in Social Welfare

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

Certificate in Child Welfare Services Master of Social Work (MSW) Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing Status Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Public Health (MPH) Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Public Health (MPH) with Advanced Standing Status Master of Social Work (MSW)/Juris Doctorate (JD) Ph.D. in Social Welfare Graduate Certificate in Social Work Practice with the Elderly Graduate Certificate in Management in Social Work only Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare Graduate Certificate in Addictions Post-MSW Certificate in Clinical Practice


Dietetics and Nutrition Our award-winning Department of Dietetics and Nutrition educates students who go on to become vital members of medical teams in hospitals, long-term care facilities and health maintenance organizations, providing medical nutrition therapy—specific nutrition services to treat chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries. One of only four accredited Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) in Florida, our versatile program features a strong clinical curriculum with an emphasis on community-centered nutrition and worldrenowned faculty who conduct cuttingedge research. 14

Stempel College’s Food Lab is where students gain hands-on experience testing ingredients, developing recipes and learning from experts.

Degrees Offered Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition: Nutrition Science Minor in Nutrition Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition Ph.D. in Dietetics and Nutrition Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition Dietetic Internship Graduate Program (DI)

Disaster Preparedness Our Academy for International Disaster Preparedness prepares students for a rapidly evolving profession and provides existing practitioners with an opportunity to strengthen their skills with a formal education in emergency response, international humanitarian relief and homeland security. Our interdisciplinary degree, which is the only one of its kind in the United States, provides you with the decision-making, leadership and management skills needed to meet the challenges in preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural and man-made disasters in this country and around the world.

Degree Offered Master of Arts in Disaster Management Two options: An in-person, 12-month program at our Miami campus or a hybrid (online/in-person) program offered in Washington, D.C.

Above: Program students are required to participate in an outdoor, 48-hour disaster field exercise. As part of this exercise, an assessment team conducts an air safety briefing with the U.S. Coast Guard (pictured here) where students are taught how to work safely in the areo environment.


Career Connections FIU students are sought after when they graduate, and you will be, too. We’ve got a support team at Stempel College that works year ‘round for you—to ensure your job readiness and to help you find a job that’s the right fit for you. We offer workshops on resumé writing, job interview skills, job search tips and more. FIU’s Office of Career and Talent Development is also a great resource and uses Handshake, a career development platform, to help students launch their careers. You can connect easily with employers through Handshake and search for jobs and internships, event information and on-campus recruiting opportunities. You can even request an appointment with a career coach. Dietetics and nutrition students can post a resumé and search for professional openings for free through EatRight Careers, a resource of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Below: Dietetics and Nutrition master’s students Bianca Manfred, Andrea De Leon, Dailiana Povedo, Rakhi Chowdhury and Juan Montoya attended the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Public Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C., in 2017. While there, they networked with 350+ registered dietitian-nutritionists from across the country.

82% of our bachelor’s graduates were either employed or continuing their education one year after graduation



Top industries of employment for our graduates by degree level batchelors degree BACHELOR’S DEGREE

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of our doctoral graduates were working full-time or participating in a fellowship one year after earning the highest degree in their field

12.5% 8.3%

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Baptist Hospital Boca Raton Regional Hospital Broward Health Children’s Home Society phd

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Citrus Health


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FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth)

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Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities

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Florida Department of Health His House Children’s Home


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Florida Department of Children and Families

Larkin Community Hospital Miami Children’s Health System

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Miami Jewish Health Systems


New Horizons Community Mental Health Center U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Healthcare organizations Academic institutions Non-profit organizations


Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Virginia Department of Health West Gables Rehabilitation System


Apply today. Throughout this Viewbook, you've seen why we think you should study at FIU and Stempel College. But don’t take our word for it—check out some of the reasons why our current students chose Stempel College: • Reputation • Diversity • Faculty • Internships • Location in a major city • Research portfolio • Cost • Program that other schools don’t offer • Commitment to the South Florida community To learn more about our admissions process: Visit Email Call 305-348-7777 fiustempel 18

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work is located on FIU’s main campus, the 342-acre Modesto A. Maidique Campus


Alumni Stempel College graduates span the globe, creating a powerful Panther alumni network. More than 9,800 alumni live in 49 states, four U.S. territories and 28 countries.

Where our alumni are today:











Once a Panther, Always a Panther Our alumni take an active role in helping prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders. Many alumni return to campus to speak with students about their respective fields and to offer career preparation advice. Additionally, two of Stempel College’s signature events feature alumni – the university’s Panther Alumni Week panel and round-table discussions. Both events bring graduates back to campus and provide current students and alumni with a valuable opportunity to network. Our alumni also serve as preceptors and internship supervisors for our students. Our graduates say this is one of Stempel College’s greatest strengths. And because our alumni know the strength of our programs, they let us know about job vacancies where they work because they prefer hiring graduates of programs that they graduated from.



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