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
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