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
College hosts annual luncheon at Florida Public Health Association conference
Join the USF College of Public Health for several key events at the Florida Public Health Association educational conference in Orlando, August 18-21. This year’s theme is “A Prepared Florida: What Does It Mean for Public Health?” Network with us. On Wednesday, August 19, Dr. Julie Kornfeld gives the keynote address at the college’s annual […]
Masters candidate Mindy Spyker receives Borlaug Fellowship for research in Tanzania
“My practice is ­­research and program development,” said USF College of Public Health student Mindy Spyker. “My passion is for strong families and full bellies.” Spyker’s passion is reflected in her recent U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant for next year. According to the organization’s website, Borlaug research grants are awarded […]
USF COPH hosts inaugural DrPH summer intensive training
This summer, USF’s College of Public Health welcomed the first ever summer intensive training cohort of DrPH students from June 15-19, organized by Dr. Kate Wolfe-Quintero, director of the DrPH program. The DrPH program features advanced public health education and training designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in practice-based settings such as health departments, […]
Together we will save lives [VIDEO]
Fact: Injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults. USF College of Public Health research and interventions have led to declines in mortality and morbidity. By advocating policy changes, like Florida’s mandatory child bicycle helmet law that became effective on Jan. 1, 1997, public health researchers are saving lives. Bicycle helmet […]
Kids and Families, navigator grants hallmarks of college’s state and national presence
Jodi Ray is a bundle of energy when she talks about the project that has become her life’s work, Florida Covering Kids and Families, which is a part of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. The founding program director was Mary Figg, a state representative for Hillsborough County.  After a […]