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


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News and Headlines
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. […]
Alumna Candace Webb moves up the ranks in public service
USF College of Public Health Alumna Candace Webb was an 18-year-old freshman in college planning to become a doctor when she lost her mother to HIV, something she had no idea her mother was even battling. “My trajectory changed from wanting to be a clinician to wanting to work on addressing the roots of health […]
Public health injury prevention video wins Telly Award [VIDEO]
Injuries continue to be the leading cause of death for adolescents and the USF College of Public Health’s work to address it is not going unnoticed. The COPH is officially a Bronze winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards for the injury prevention video “Together we will change lives,” a first in the college’s history. […]