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, […]

Stempel professor part of interdisciplinary team creating data-driven guide to reopening after lockdown

When is it safe to reopen countries amidst pandemic lockdowns? It’s a big question that many have been grappling with for months. It’s a battle between the need to unchain the economy—in support of livelihoods and putting food on tables—and the need to ensure the health and safety of entire populations. To complicate matters further, […]

Stempel College’s Global Health Consortium addresses cybersecurity in health care with course in Spanish directed at Latin America

Cyberattacks on health care organizations can be deadly. In September, a major hospital chain was hit by what appears to be one of the largest medical hacks in U.S. history, leaving for hours some 400 locations without access to patients’ computerized records and hampering medication systems. This month, companies and governments that will be distributing […]

Stempel College grad a leader in both federal and local COVID-19 responses

Bridget Pelaez rushes in where there’s disaster. Last month that meant commanding a federal team of 20 critical care physicians and others as they answered a call for help at a hospital out west that was overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. (She declined to identify the exact location out of privacy concerns.) The 36-year-old alumna of […]

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and Americans should embrace them for the common good, says Global Health Consortium director

Mask use, lockdowns, quarantine requirements and other breaches of once-normal life have drawn heated debate throughout the pandemic. A central question to much of it: Where does one’s freedom end and another’s begin? Dr. Carlos Espinal of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work believes the benefit of widescale vaccination should override […]

In support of the common good: Federal mandate or not, COVID-19 vaccination requirements will be instituted by workplaces, schools and others, says Global Health Consortium director

Mask use, lockdowns, quarantine requirements and other breaches of once-normal life have drawn heated debate throughout the pandemic. A central question to much of it: Where does one’s freedom end and another’s begin? Dr. Carlos Espinal of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work believes the benefit of widescale vaccination should override […]

Stempel professor to assess predictive value of personalized medicine approach to childhood sarcomas

Cancer therapy involves great unknowns. But what if doctors had some help in predicting how their pediatric oncology patients might respond to a particular treatment? What if physicians could save critical time and prevent unnecessary side effects by confidently choosing the most effective drug intervention for their young patients the first time out? Those are […]