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 wellbeing 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
Public Health: START HERE at USF
Ten days. 20 events. And, more than 2500 people. This is the phenomenal outcome when members of the campus and local communities unite to celebrate National Public Health Week with the USF College of Public Health. The 2014 theme issued a challenge to START HERE and USF answered the call with a resounding “Yes!” Eat […]
Institute Scholars Celebrate at The 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference
Scholars from the USF Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health (Institute) celebrated successes and new opportunities at the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference. The Institute’s inaugural cohort of scholars presented their service-learning research projects alongside academic mentors and community agency partners on March 2-5 in Tampa. Over the past […]
Christina Sudduth participates in UN Advocacy Practicum on the status of women
Public Health student Christina Sudduth is one of 20 females chosen from across the nation to participate in an advocacy practicum in New York City. The event was held in conjunction with the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which offered an opportunity to observe how the UN […]
COPH student-driven Edi-BULL campaign offers USF Health healthier lunch options
Hungry? Lunch choices at USF Health just got healthier thanks to a student-directed project. Graduate students in the Health Education Intervention Methods class in the USF College of Public Health (COPH) designed and implemented Edi-BULL, a campaign that aims to bring healthier food choices to students, faculty and staff at USF Health. Working with two […]
Public Health makes a positive difference in Ngäbe-Buglé, Panama
Responding to USF’s challenge to become a top global, research institution, the College of Public Health established an international presence in Panama, Central America, about a decade ago. In partnership with USF Health, the Panama program is located at the City of Knowledge, where they conduct research and academic activities. One of the recent community […]