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
Fifth annual Florida Perinatal Quality Conference is best yet
The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC), based in the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at the USF College of Public Health, presented its fifth annual conference on April 7-8, in Tampa, Fla., attracting more than 230 attendees from all over the state from a variety of disciplines. This two-day educational […]
The new look of hunger
There is a new face to those who lack access to affordable, nutritious food, according to USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Lauri Wright. “When people think of food insecure hunger, they think of the commercials they see on TV of starving children with skinny arms and distended bellies, but what it looks like today […]
Public health graduates future heroes
“Never doubt that a single individual can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has—Margaret Mead,” said Dr. Kay Perrin, interim associate dean for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in USF College of Public Health. This is one of many graduation-related ‘charges’ issued to the Class of 2016. On […]
Dr. Karen Liller scores big for sports injury prevention
“We are working hard to bring injury prevention to the forefront. Injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults, from motor vehicle injuries to sport injuries; it is a huge public health problem,” said Dr. Karen Liller, USF College of Public Health professor in the Department of Community and Family Health. […]
FPQC wins state-wide Sapphire Award for Outstanding Organization
The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC), based in the Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at the USF College of Public Health, received the Florida Blue Foundation’s 2016 Sapphire Award for Outstanding Organization. The FPQC was selected as winner of this prestigious award out of 112 nominations and 13 finalists from around the state. […]