Department of Community and Family Health (CFH)


Welcome to the Department of Community and Family Health!

Our mission is empowering families and communities to ensure optimal health and well being through collaborative innovation in education, research and community engagement. Our academic programs assist individuals in developing leadership in health science disciplines that meet the needs of diverse populations. Faculty members are dedicated to excellence in teaching of students, innovation in research, and commitment to transdisciplinary collaboration. We offer MPH and MSPH degrees with a concentration in behavioral health, maternal and child health, public health education, and socio-health sciences. We offer Ph.D. degrees as well as graduate certificate and dual degree programs. Please explore our site, ask us questions, and discover the many opportunities that await you in the Department of Community and Family Health.

William M. Sappenfield, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair - Department of Community and Family Health

News and Headlines
Graduate student Funmilayo Olaoye uses “international language” for prevention education [video]
“It’s so hard to say goodbye,” Funmilayo Olaoye wrote from Uganda on her USF blog in early September. “How time flies. I can’t believe 8 weeks is over and it’s time for me to return to the United States. I write this with uncontrollable tears rolling down my cheeks. The farewell song that the children […]
Institute Scholar Application Deadline Oct. 3
The Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health is a federally funded* state-of-the-art research education program that teaches the practical skills of translational and implementation science in the field of adolescent behavioral health. The institute and its outstanding institute scholars work with community partners, academic mentors and national mentors to advance the field of […]
Dr. Karen Liller appears on SMART podcast published on British Medical Journal website
Dr. Karen Liller, professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, USF College of Public Health, was a recent guest on USF’s Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute (SMART) Sports Injury Registry podcast, interviewed by Dr. Barbara Morris, director of SMART. The entire podcast is available on the British Medical Journal website, which […]
FL ‘Navigator’ Grants Total $6.8M, almost $5.4M to USF
The University of South Florida has been awarded by far the largest grant in the state to hire “navigators” who help uninsured people sign up for health insurance coverage through the federal Marketplace, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday. Only two other Florida organizations won  navigator grants: the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, $871,275, […]
An Idea Whose Time Had Come: Florida’s First College of Public Health
“USF was chosen as the place for Florida’s College of Public Health,” Dr. Peter Levin wrote in 1984, “because of the broad base of knowledge found in the many colleges of the University and the unique Tampa location.” Levin, the college’s first dean, expounded further, noting that not only faculty from the colleges of medicine […]