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Florida International University

Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) is a dynamic university located in one of the world’s most exciting cities, Miami! It is Miami’s first and only public research university, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees. FIU is designated as a top tier research institution and is “worlds ahead” in its service to the academic and local community. FIU emphasizes research as a major component in the university's mission and is engaged locally, nationally and globally through its teaching, research and service.

The Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

The Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (RSCPHSW) is one of 11 academic colleges within Florida International University. It includes the School of Social Work and the Departments of:

  • Biostatistics
  • Dietetics & Nutrition
  • Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management
  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

The Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work is unique among the nation’s accredited schools of Public Health. Our educational approach is interdisciplinary, combining the five major disciplines of public health with nutrition, dietetics and social work. This special blend of programs affords us the opportunity to explore and understand the interrelatedness of social, biological, environmental and cultural determinates of health and well-being. We strive to reflect the diversity of the community’s heterogeneous mix of cultures and languages through our cross- cultural curriculum.

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health integrates different disciplines to uncover the links between the environment and human health. It is vibrant and growing and is poised to tackle the environmental health challenges that face our surrounding south Florida communities, state and the country.

This is an exciting time to pursue a career in Environmental and Occupational Health. In this program students are trained by internationally recognized scientists to detect, prevent, and control adverse influences of the environment on human health, based on the understanding of the complex interplay of genetic variations with environment stressors. Students who wish to study Environment and Occupational Health can pursue a Master’s and/or a Ph.D. degree.

Research Foci

  • Understand how combined environmental exposures affect disease pathogenesis (exposomics).
  • Understand the environmental basis of individual susceptibility, across the life span, to chronic, complex disease.
  • Identify and understand shared mechanisms or common biological pathways underlying complex diseases, in order to develop prevention and intervention strategies.

Projects are available in the following areas

Application of Human Genomics to Population Sciences: Molecular PreventionDetails
Gene X Environment Control of Neuroendocrine Mechanism of Reproduction:Exposure Assessment Biomarkers for Complex DiseasesDetails
Genetic and epigenetic effects of oxidative stress: a role in disease.Details
Mechanisms of NeurotoxicityDetails
Molecular Risk Factors of Susceptibility to Metabolic Syndrome and its Contribution to Health Disparities in Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer.Details

Students who wish to pursue a MPH or a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health please click here.

Click here for graduate application deadlines.


Florida International University (FIU) is a dynamic university located in one of the world’s most exciting cities, Miami

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