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

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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 […]
MCH training program hosts family-Centered care seminar
Individuals seeking to “Develop a Greater Understanding and Commitment to the Elements of Family-Centered Care” are invited to a seminar sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program. The full day session is on Friday, April 18 from 9am-4:30pm in the USF College of Public Health Auditorium, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in […]
It’s National Public Health Week START HERE
April 7-13 is National Public Health Week. Don’t know where to celebrate?  Well, look no farther than the USF College of Public Health. National Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association.  Since 1995, the group declared the first week in April as “a time to recognize the contributions of public health […]
Dads count at annual maternal and child health symposium
The Maternal & Child Health Student Organization spring symposium is Friday, April 11 at the USF College of Public Health. “Dads Count too!” is the theme for the 5th annual event. Held in conjunction with National Public Health Week, this year’s symposium focuses on paternal involvement in maternal and child health, but also includes a […]
Dr. William Sappenfield contributes to award winning research on 39-weeks initiative
The 2014 Roy M. Pitkin Award is presented to a team of maternal and child health researchers committed to decreasing elective deliveries. The USF College of Public Health’s William M. Sappenfield, MD, MPH, is a contributing author to their award winning research, “A multistate quality improvement program to decrease elective deliveries before 39 weeks of […]