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 kicks off 30th anniversary tour with powerful presence at FPHA conference
USF’s College of Public Health kicked off its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration last month with its first official tour stop, the annual Florida Public Health Association Educational Conference in Orlando, July 30 through Aug. 1. Dr. Michael White, professor in the Department of Global Health and deputy director of the department’s Florida Center of Excellence […]
New opportunities and a ruckus await the incoming class of Bulls
It was the first day of fall orientation for more than 200 Bulls in the USF College of Public Health, and this is how they kicked off the morning of Thursday, Aug. 21. With a bam and a boom and a twirl of the baton, the best and brightest of USF’s Herd of Thunder […]
COPH partners with Polk County Health Department for research day
USF College of Public Health faculty and students partnered with the Polk County Health Department for a research day and poster presentation July 15 in Bartow. Topics included repeat teen pregnancy, repeat Chlamydia infections, late diagnosis of HIV infection, and health providers’ perceptions of childhood obesity among others. Dr. Russell Kirby and Dr. Abraham Salinas […]
COPH researchers report on support and services for the Down syndrome community
USF College of Public Health researchers Drs. Jennifer Marshall, Russell Kirby and colleagues publish an article on early childhood supports and services for children with Down syndrome and their parents. Their research is in the June issue of Child: Care, Health and Development. Marshall is a research assistant professor who conducts mixed methods research with […]
Community-based work drives doctor’s public health passion
“Public health teaches us the tools to help not only one person at a time, but lots of people in multiple ways,” said 2013 PhD recipient Abraham Salinas. “That’s why I love it.” A native of Managua, Nicaragua, Salinas said the choice of where to pursue his PhD was an easy one. “I did my MPH […]