Meet Blanca Jara, Master of Public Health ’21

An alumna highlights how her MPH degree helps her with a career working for a distributor of wine and spirits. Written by: Monica Smith As an FIU student in the fully online Master of Public Health, Blanca Jara liked the interdisciplinary curriculum. The varied nature of the program, the only generalist public health program in […]

FIU Public Health alumna turned CEO of Jackson North Medical Center shares leadership insights

Marie Sandra Severe ’15 is a force to be reckoned with. After graduating with a doctorate in Public Health from FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Severe continued a post-graduation career that ultimately landed her the role as one of the latest executives at Jackson Health System, a nonprofit academic medical […]

FIU-Stempel College alumna Bridget A. Pelaez awarded Health Care Hero Award by Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce awarded Bridget A. Pelaez, Assistant Director of the Division of Operations and Safety at FIU, the Healthcare Hero Nurse Award during its 2022 Health Care Heroes event on Thursday, May 19. Bridget was honored for her selfless contributions and commitment to the safety of FIU faculty, staff, students, and […]

Stempel College alumna helps build healthier communities at the USDA

Pascale C. Jean was destined to work in a position that gives back to communities in a meaningful way. Jean was born to Haitian parents and spent her childhood and early teen years living in Haiti. She credits her mom for instilling in her the drive to help people. “My mom is a nurse, and […]

Stempel College alumna turned USDA scientist inspires Black students to pursue their dreams

“Do you have plants, animals or seeds with you?” It’s a question travelers get asked before entering the United States after taking a trip abroad. “The reason they are asking is that you mustn’t introduce anything foreign into our agricultural system,” said Deirdra Chester ’03, a science advisor with the United States Department of Agriculture […]

Stempel College Ph.D. grad lands role as Director of Epidemiology at health department in West Virginia

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In April 2021, Abir Rahman, a Ph.D. graduate from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University (FIU), received news that he landed a position as the Director of Epidemiology at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department (CHHD) in West Virginia. At the time, he was a Graduate Assistant at Stempel […]

Stempel College: Meet the twins making an impact in public health

Doctor, minister, author, and college professor are just a few of the titles Amber and Ashley Goodman can claim as their own. The powerhouse twins graduated in 2020 with a master’s in public health from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and have since set their eyes on improving healthcare for […]