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
Institute Scholars to Present Results of Service-Learning Research Projects
The second cohort of Institute Scholars is preparing to present the final results of its service-learning research projects nationally at the 28th annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health in Tampa on March 22-25. The Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health will have a special track at […]
Dr. William Sappenfield adds HRSA Director’s Award to list of recognitions
A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. William Sappenfield never entered traditional medical practice. While finishing his residency, he decided he wanted to enter academics, instead. Following the advice of his father, a professor and associate dean at a medical school, he applied to an NIH-CDC research training program. “I fell in love with public health,” said Sappenfield, […]
Dr. Carol Bryant has a permanent place in Florida public health history
De Mayor’s proclamation didn’t do a bit of good, Kase all de oldest citizens was breakin’ for the woods. You never seen so many folks at the Duval County Fair, As run aboard de steamboats in the Yaller Fever Scare. – From a song by the Florida Minstrels, ca. 1887   “One road leads to […]
Need health care coverage? Enrollment Ends 2/15/2015 #USFGETCOVERED!
Getting health care coverage is about taking personal responsibility for your health and financial well-being.  It’s about being an independent adult and protecting yourself. It is important to remember that open enrollment ends Feb. 15. USF Navigators will be on-site for “Nav-Lab” enrollment events, providing enrollment assistance for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace at the […]
Gravens Conference seeks to move the needle in neonatal care worldwide
The 28th annual Gravens Conference will be held March 4-7 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach. Named for COPH Professor Emeritus Dr. Stan Graven and his wife, Mavis (thus the name “Gravens,” with an “s”), the conference is a yearly effort to improve neonatal care around the world. Bobbi Rose makes no […]