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

Cardiometabolic Status of Adults Living with HIV in Colón, Panama

  • PI: Humberto Lopez Castillo
  • Amount: $355,400 | Timeframe: 09/01/2022 - 06/30/2024
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Fogarty International Center
    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

  • UCF Class Spotlight: Healthcare Delivery for Hispanic Populations

    Written By: | March 6, 2024
  • Health Sciences Student Receives Distinguished Student Award

    Written By: | 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....
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