Department of Community and Family Health (CFH)

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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

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College announces Outstanding Alumni Awards, opens call for nominations
The USF College of Public Health has announced plans for inaugural Outstanding Alumni Awards. The call for nominations has just gone out with an eye toward hosting the event in May 2015. “It’s a desire on the part of the college and the dean, the administration and faculty to honor our many graduates,” said Dr. […]
COPH birth defects researchers to host statewide meeting in January
Preeminent birth defects researchers from the USF College of Public Health will welcome others from across the state and beyond when they host the third Florida Birth Defects Statewide Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8, and Friday, Jan. 9, at the Doubletree Westshore Hotel in Tampa. One of the event’s principal organizers is Dr. Russell Kirby, […]
Thank you, gracias and merci beaucoup x 59,000!
In recognition of the USF College of Public Health’s 30th anniversary and Giving Tuesday, members of the college community were invited to participate in a challenge match. A generous group of Bulls donated $40,000 toward COPH student scholarships. Any gifts made in support of the challenge match and Giving Tuesday, would be matched dollar-for-dollar up […]
Transition and vision highlight 30th annual State of the College address
Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of the USF College of Public Health, christened the renovated Samuel P. Bell III auditorium with her 2014 State of the College Address on Monday, Nov. 10. Former Rep. Bell, “the Godfather of COPH,” was among honored guests at the refurbished facility’s first event. After welcoming guests with a “happy anniversary” […]
The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!
The University of South Florida is closed from December 24-January 1 for the winter break. This includes most administrative and academic offices, including the College of Public Health. Make a difference. Donate today. Help the College of Public Health celebrate 30 years of educating, mentoring, and training the next generation of public health practitioners. To […]