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, CPH 
Professor and Chair - Department of Community and Family Health

News and Headlines
COPH is first in U.S. to pilot academic and business processes software [VIDEO]
The College of Public Health is the first college in the nation and at the University of South Florida to use the new cloud-based app, Archivum. Archivum provides students and faculty on-the-go access to current student records, program of study check sheets, change of advisor processes and intake forms for new applications. Faculty will have […]
COPH researchers investigate HIV/AIDS among indigenous Latin American populations
Researchers at the USF College of Public Health have begun exploratory research examining HIV/AIDS in indigenous populations in Ecuador, Panama and Belize. Using syndemic theory as their lens, they are investigating factors impacting the spread of HIV/AIDS in each community, according to principle investigator Dr. Dinorah Martinez-Tyson, assistant professor in the Department of Community and […]
COPH leads the nation with CPH faculty and staff
“The USF College of Public Health (COPH) has always considered our top priority to be the development of our students for careers in the public health profession. The Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam was designed as a way to help professionalize the field of public health so it is no surprise that we were one […]
COPH students receive awards at 2015 APHA meeting and expo
The American Public Health Association (APHA) hosts an annual event that attracts thousands of professionals and students from across the U.S. and world to network and share their research and experiences. Three students from USF College of Public Health were earned and received awards at the 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct.31-Nov.4, in Chicago. Rachel […]
Human rights matter at annual maternal and child health symposium
The Maternal & Child Health Student Organization (MCHSO) 7th annual spring symposium is Thursday, March 3 at the University of South Florida Patel Center. This year’s theme is Human Rights: Women, Mothers & Children. American Public Health Association President Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones is a social epidemiologist and family physician. Her research focuses on racism […]