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
FBDR statewide meeting figured prominently in National Birth Defects Prevention Month
One of the highlights of National Birth Defects Prevention Month was the Florida Birth Defects Registry statewide meeting held Jan. 8-9 at the Doubletree Westshore Hotel in Tampa. With the USF College of Public Health as its driving force, the registry’s third statewide meeting gathered some 50 attendees from across the state to explore implications […]
Dr. Russell Kirby and colleagues report on neural tube defects
USF Distinguished University Professor Russell Kirby, PhD, MS, and colleagues published “Updated Estimates of Neural Tube Defect Prevented by Mandatory Folic Acid Fortification — United States, 1995-2011.” The article is in the January issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Dr. Kirby is a professor and the Marrell Endowed Chair in the USF […]
Five COPH professors awarded seed grants for women’s health research
One of many ways USF Health continually supports faculty research is through seed grants. The USF Health Women’s Health Collaborative has announced its 2015 seed grants for research on women’s health topics, and five College of Public Health professors are among the 10 recipients. The collaborative awards the grants on merit based on reviews of […]
COPH rocks and so do our alumni [VIDEO]
Do you know a few super USF Public Health grads? Of course you do, so why not Nominate-a-Bull (or two or three) for the COPH’s inaugural alumni awards. The celebratory event is on Saturday, May 2.  Nominations are accepted through Jan. 30.  Click here for more details. Questions may be directed to Jessica Grossman at […]
Tips on how to be realistic with and successful in keeping New Year’s resolutions
Lauri Wright, a registered dietitian and assistant professor at the University of South Florida, knows a thing or two about New Year’s resolutions. Forty-five percent of Americans make resolutions at the beginning of the year, she said, but only 8 percent manage to keep them. “Number one resolution: Losing weight,” she said. Stacey Scheckner, a […]