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
USF ready to train more health insurance navigators
Once again, the University of South Florida is stepping up to help people enter the health insurance marketplace. Signing up people for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act had its share of complications the last time, but it’s time to do it again. “We want a navigator that consumers are comfortable with,” said Jodi Ray, Project […]
Harrell Center a local and international force in violence prevention
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Like many entities directed at the greater public good, the USF College of Public Health’s Harrell Center was the product of a private philanthropist’s gift. James Harrell and his family wanted to do something to help eliminate family violence, and they acted on that desire. The result was a […]
Rollins names Dr. Adewale Troutman distinguished visiting scholar and invites to talk
National Public health leader Dr. Adewale Troutman poses the question “What if we were equal?” as it pertains to social and moral issues of health care. The Rollins College Center for Health Innovation (CHI) kicked off its inaugural Heath Forum Series with Dr. Adewale Troutman, former president of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Troutman […]
Passing the reins at the PRC
Florida Prevention Research Center’s Carol Bryant partners with Julie Baldwin on transition to 2016 retirement This month, Carol Bryant, PhD, distinguished USF Health professor and director of the Florida Prevention Research Center (FPRC) at the University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Public Health, will begin officially passing the torch to Julie Baldwin, PhD, professor […]
Anniversary tour heads to Gasparilla
Ready to kick asphalt and run for booty? Members of the COPH community are invited to run, walk, jog, wog, skip and do whatever it takes to cross the Gasparilla Distance Classic finish line in an upright position!  There are multiple distances to choose from, and the college will have participants represented in all of […]