Faculty and Staff

Humberto López Castillo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida. López Castillo holds an MEd (Postsecondary Education) from the Latin American University for Science and Technology (ULACIT; Panama) and a MSc (Pediatric Clinical Sciences) from the University of Panama.

At the doctoral level, López Castillo holds an MD from the University of Panama and completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Pediatrics Specialties Hospital of the Social Security Fund System in Panama. He completed a PhD in Public Health (Behavioral Sciences & Community and Family Health) at the University of South Florida, after which he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in adolescent risk behaviors at the University of South Florida.

López Castillo teaches HSC 2524 (Introduction to Human Disease) and his research interests include the link between alcohol use as a driver to risky sexual behaviors among men who have sex with men, sexual and reproductive health, secondary data analyses, and cardiovascular health of sexual minorities.

  • MD, Doctor of Medicine, University of Panama
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Public Health, University of South Florida
  • CPH, Certified in Public Health, Certified in Public Health No. 12099, National Board of Public Health Examiners
  • CMI-Spanish, Certification for Medical Interpreters, Certified Medical Interpreter-Spanish No. 102449, National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters
Areas of Specialty
  • Alcohol use and abuse
  • Risky sexual behaviors
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Sexual minority populations
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Sexual and reproductive health
Research Grants
Health Sciences

The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Collaborative at UCF: The Sex Cafe Podcast Season 1

  • PI: Humberto Lopez Castillo
  • Amount: $32,000 | Timeframe: 10/02/2021 - 07/30/2022
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency:
    Health Sciences

    A Qualitative Assessment of QOL Among Testicular Cancer Survivors

  • PI: Michael J. Rovito
  • Co-PI: Humberto Lopez Castillo
  • Co-PI: L. Taliaferro
  • Amount: $5,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT)
    Health Sciences

    Development of a Bilingual Measurement Instrument for Sexual Positioning, Identity and Behavior and its Co-Factors Among Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

  • PI: Humberto Lopez Castillo
  • Amount: $7,500 | Timeframe: 05/01/2019 - 04/30/2021
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: UCF VPR Advancement of Early Cancer Researchers (AECR)
  • HSC 2524 : Introduction to Human Disease
  • Health Sciences Student Receives Distinguished Student Award
    Written By: Paul Kelly | December 14, 2022
    Jaden LeGate, a senior majoring in health sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Student Award. The recognition, which is presented by UCF Alumni, is the highest annual award...
  • Celebrating Founders’ Day Honorees in CHPS
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | April 7, 2022
    Congratulations to the faculty and students in the College of Health Professions and Sciences who were recognized at this year’s UCF Founders’ Day award ceremony on April 6.  Excellence in...
  • 2022 UCF Founders’ Day Honorees
    Written By: ALLISON HURTADO ’12 | April 6, 2022
    The Founders’ Day Honors Convocation celebrates those who contribute to UCF’s growing quality and impact. UCF has never followed what other universities have done, and the future of the university...
  • Let’s talk about sex: UCF professor hosts Sex Cafe Podcast
    Written By: Orlando Sentinel | April 5, 2022
    In a small recording room in UCF’s Research Park, laid out with an array of microphones and a sophisticated soundboard, professor Humberto López Castillo offers menus to his guest speakers....
  • Genius Foundation Awards $300,000 To UCF Interdisciplinary Health Research
    Written By: WENDY SARUBBI | October 7, 2021
    Eight interdisciplinary faculty research projects — on health topics including pain management, improving provider-patient communication, and intimate partner violence — have received about $300,000 in grant funding through a new...
  • School of Social Work’s CBHRT: Fueling Scientific Collaboration and Expanding Professional Expertise
    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | October 7, 2021
    The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT) was established in 2017 and is the first of its kind in the School of Social Work. The CBHRT serves a unique purpose to link practitioners...
  • Students Explore Human Diseases with Out-of-the-Box Final Projects
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | August 4, 2021
    Students showcase their creativity and ability to communicate complex information about different diseases and conditions in Introduction to Human Diseases class. Class Name: HSC 2524 – Introduction to Human Disease ...
  • Men’s Health Encompasses A Wide Variety of Topics and Concerns
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | June 23, 2020
    In 1948, the World Health Organization defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Often, men’s health...
  • Assistant Professor Recognized, Will Take Students to His Hometown of Panama for Study Abroad Trip
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | November 8, 2019
    Recently, Humberto López Castillo, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences, received the Order of Paula Solís de Huerta, the highest award granted by the University of Panama’s...
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