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
Capturing Florida’s Impressive Public Health Journey
Public health, as a discipline, relies heavily on numbers and statistics, abstractions that make population-scale information useful.  But in order to gain a complete picture of how decisions are made, tomorrow’s leaders benefit from the hard-won expertise of public health pioneers.  The anecdotes, inside perspective and historical memory of those who essentially invented public health […]
Preventing Teen Pregnancies Can Save Taxpayers Money
Dariel Fowler is a rising sophomore at South Cobb High School. She says she sees a lot of girls at her school who are pregnant. “They drop out of school, they can’t take care of their kids or they [get] abortions,” she says. But not her. In 2010, Dariel was one of the 200 at-risk youth chosen to participate in a five-year afterschool […]
Chiles Center promotes health for all women and babies
It was January 1998, and the Florida Board of Regents had just promoted one of USF’s fledgling entities to major status with sublimely understated efficiency. Following authorizations for a BS in dance education, a degree of undetermined level in occupational therapy and an MS in physical therapy, it was the last of four single-sentence items […]
Honors College Student wins Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
Lynn Le, a recent USF Honors College graduate, was a recipient of an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award, which was given to the top five percent of students based on their professional mannerisms and oral and poster presentations at the 2015 USF Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium on April 9. Last fall, Le was searching […]
Pioneers of social marketing discuss its founding and its future
Dr. Carol Bryant was on the ground floor of the USF College of Public Health’s social marketing program when the social marketing field was in its infancy.  She credits Dr. Stan Graven, chair of the Department of Community and Family Health at the time, for the idea of a social marketing conference. “He asked me […]