The Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare, located in Miami, Florida, prepares students for careers in research, university teaching, and leadership in social welfare. Through a combination of small courses, seminars, individualized instruction, collaborative study and research students are assisted to develop and strengthen their skills in methods of scientific inquiry, to deepen their understanding and analysis of social problems and public issues, and to contribute to the knowledge base of social welfare and the social work profession by evaluating the effects of interventions at all levels. The Ph.D. degree is first and foremost a research degree. Graduates have obtained positions as faculty members in some of the most prestigious universities as well as in the National Institutes of Health and other prominent research centers. Miami is a diverse, multi-ethnic region with a number of social problems as well as innovations in services and service delivery. This is reflected in the research interests of faculty and students, and in two prominent centers lead by social workers affiliated with the school. Faculty are particularly prominent in the areas of minority health disparities, substance abuse and HIV. See more at the centers at http:// bridge.fiu.edu/ and http://crusada.fiu.edu/.