From the real world: Stempel College graduates offer sage advice to students

FIU’s annual Panther Alumni Week concludes today, and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work did its part to bring students and graduates together for a meaningful exchange. Several alumni answered questions and shared advice with nearly two dozen Stempel students via a Zoom gathering. The event was part of the college’s […]

Stempel College grad student shares nutrition lessons that would have saved her hardship as a teen

A diagnosis of lactose intolerance hit then-13-year-old Clara Rivera hard. With little guidance from medical experts about how to change her diet, she and her family simply cut out all dairy products – with devastating effects. “I had stunted growth,” says Rivera of the consequences of inadequate nutrient intake, “and I fell into a lot […]

5 reasons to pursue a public health degree

MPH graduates are making an impact on their communities and the world. If the coronavirus pandemic has offered any insight, it would be that the world needs public health professionals who can help keep communities informed and healthy. “Public health is really about helping people and communities,” says Yasenka Peterson, director of educational programs and […]

Stempel doctoral student earns NIH fellowship to study impact of trauma, stress on alcohol use of recent Latinx immigrants

For the past eight years Vicky Vazquez has been working with the immigrant community in Florida, helping organize outreach events and learning about their needs.  It’s a labor of love and particularly personal for the doctoral candidate, who is studying health promotion and disease prevention in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social […]

“What I’m doing is personal,” says newly graduated Stempel Ph.D. whose dissertation on the wellbeing of refugees has just garnered national attention

Mitra Naseh this month won a national award for a dissertation that presents “a multidimensional model for understanding poverty among refugees.” But the 2020 graduate of the Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work has had little time to celebrate the good news. She’s too busy. The native of Iran, who earned a bachelor’s […]

Professor makes the case for culturally sensitive nutrition services

In an increasingly multicultural society, helping individuals navigate the food landscape with an eye toward better health can be challenging. Associate Professor Marcia Magnus of the Stempel College’s Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at FIU knows that better than most. With the university for more than 30 years, she served for part of that time […]

Through the lens of COVID-19: Researchers offer a holistic look at health as the collateral damage of social inequality

A professor and a doctoral student in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work have pulled together statistics that lay bare the devastation of COVID-19 on the United States’ most economically vulnerable populations. In a paper recently published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, Nasar U. Ahmed and Ian J. […]

Message from the Dean: January 6, 2021

Today marks the fifth anniversary of having the honor and privilege of leading our wonderful Stempel College at Florida International University. The past five years have been remarkable in so many ways.  As I reflect back to the beginning of my tenure, I was often asked why I came to Stempel College. The answer has always […]

Dietetics students at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work eat up the valuable learning offered by internships

Two students in the accredited didactic program in dietetics at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social are looking back on 2020 thankful for the hands-on learning opportunities that came compliments of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. The program helps both undergraduate and graduate students land internships, an experience that “increases the […]

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work professor tapped for Miami-Dade County mayor’s COVID-19 advisory panel

Dr. Mary Jo Trepka is an infectious disease epidemiologist and professor and chair of the epidemiology department at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. She was recently invited to participate in advising Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on issues related to COVID-19 as South Florida, like much of the country, […]