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FIU Stempel College continues its ascent in U.S. News World Report Rankings

Among public universities, the School of Public Health climbs to No. 39, the School of Social Work rises to No. 49, and the Biostatistics Program ranks for the first time in the top 50

The Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University continues its rise in the U.S. News & World Report Graduate Rankings. The 2023 graduate rankings, released yesterday, show its School of Public Health rising to No. 39 and its School of Social Work bumping up to No. 49 among public universities. In addition, for the first time, Biostatistics Programs were ranked, and Stempel College’s came in the top 50 public programs. 

“What a tremendous accomplishment to be ranked in the top 50 public schools for public health and social work,” said Tomás R Guilarte, dean of Stempel College. “Every day, I’m in awe of the hard work and dedication our faculty, staff, and students do to explore solutions to today’s public health and social welfare challenges. They are the people who make Stempel College what it is today: a college making an impact here in South Florida and across the globe.”

Stempel College’s School of Public Health offers a curriculum in the five disciplines of public health, including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health services, health promotion and disease prevention, and health policy and management. Its Biostatistics concentration offers Ph.D. students a contemporary curriculum in biostatistics, data science and computing, grounded in statistical theory to prepare them for competitive careers and positions in academia, industry, and government.

“Given that we are a relatively young department with a Ph.D. program in Biostatistics and Data Analytics that started only a year ago, it is a great accomplishment to be included and ranked among the top 50 public universities,” said Zoran Bursac, Chair of the Department of Biostatistics. “This speaks to the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students and will allow us to attract high-quality faculty and students into our program in the future.”

Through classroom and field experience, Stempel College’s School of Social Work faculty and staff prepare graduates to work in governmental, academic, non-profit and for-profit settings. Faculty and staff guide students in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to work in the field. Graduates from the program have made significant impacts on communities, making contributions through direct practice, administration, advocacy, and research.

“While there are many contributing factors for the continued rise in our rankings, the contributions that our faculty and staff have made through their research, teaching, and service are at the top of the list,” said Dr. Mary Helen Hayden, Director of the School of Social Work. “Every day, they work to provide our students the best opportunities to prepare them for a long-lasting career in supporting those who need it most.”

FIU graduate programs ranked in the top 50 among U.S. public universities in 19 categories. Learn more.