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
COPH observes World Prematurity Day with reflection and optimism
The March of Dimes marks its annual World Prematurity Day on Monday, Nov. 17. Notably, the USF College of Public Health is home to two leaders in prematurity research, Dr. William Sappenfield and Dr. Russell Kirby. Sappenfield, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Family Health and director of the Lawton and Rhea […]
COPH had a hand in biggest state tobacco settlement
As the American Cancer Society leads the nation in observing the annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 20, the USF College of Public Health can celebrate its role in Florida’s fight against big tobacco. Dr. Phillip J. Marty, COPH professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, associate vice president of USF Health and interim […]
Thanks, Sam [video]
“Without Sam Bell there would be no COPH,” said Dr. Heather Stockwell, founding faculty member in epidemiology and biostatistics. “Before our college was formed, there were no schools of public health in Florida. It was through the vision and leadership of Sam Bell that our college was formed and its funding secured in its early […]
Dr. Cheryl Vamos and partners examine health literacy
In October, women’s health researcher Dr. Cheryl Vamos presented on behalf of her collaborative team’s research at the 2014 International Cancer Education Conference in Clearwater. The study examined assets and barriers that influence Hispanic migrant farmworkers’ health literacy skills and their ability to continue with the necessary follow-up care resulting from an abnormal Pap test […]
Exciting new resource for public health
Public Health is for Everyone is a new one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. Users can search and browse disability- and health-related resources by their interests and professional needs. Resource topics include nutrition, health care access, physical activity, emergency […]