Department of Community and Family Health (CFH)


Welcome to the Department of Community and Family Health!

The Department of Community and Family Health provides a challenging, educational experience in a nurturing and community oriented environment that will prepare students to enter the workforce, ready to fulfill their life goals and dreams.

We are a group of dedicated public health professionals, intent on discovering, teaching, and delivering public health approaches that will improve quality of life.

We work to empower families and communities to ensure optimal health and wellbeing through collaborative innovation in education, research, and community engagement.

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


“Come be a part of the family…
Help us make a difference in the world...
At Community and Family Health”

News and Headlines
Views of women and acceptance of ‘rape myths’ lead to higher rates of sexual coercion by male athletes
New research led by the University of South Florida College of Public Health finds the prevalence of sexual coercion by athletes is higher than that by non-athletes due to a difference in attitudes toward women. The study, “Sexual Coercion Practices among Undergraduate Male Recreational Athletes, Intercollegiate Athletes, and Non-Athletes,” is published in the journal Violence […]
Florida Dept. of Health is first to achieve national accreditation
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has been a long standing partner of the USF College of Public Health. This year that bond grows stronger with the DOH’s recent accreditation. In March, the DOH became the first in the nation to achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)’s integrated local public health […]
An Idea Whose Time Had Come: Florida’s First College of Public Health
This story originally published on July 15, 2015 in observance of the COPH’s 30th anniversary celebration.   “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.” […]
Social Marketing Conference inspires action
More than 200 attendees gathered at the 24th Social Marketing Conference, June 15-18, in Clearwater, Fla., hosted by USF College of Public Health’s Department of Community and Family Health. Social marketing has been vital to planning numerous public health interventions, according to Dr. Carol Bryant, Distinguished USF Health Professor. “It’s a very sophisticated way to […]
Alumna Catherine Burney takes home fourth Fast 56 Award
USF College of Public Health alumna Catherine Burney is a four-time recipient of the USF Alumni Association Fast 56 Award, which recognizes and celebrates fast-growing businesses that are Bull-owned or led. “Scar Heal is one of only three four-time recipients,” said Bill McCausland, executive director of the USF Alumni Association. “Very impressive!” Burney, who received […]