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
Hometown commitment led Akilah Benton back to her roots
“I believe there is no set formula for delivering health care,” said 2011 College of Public Health graduate Akilah Benton. “Rather, each situation must be examined through a holistic lens and treated in a manner respectful of cultural differences.” While working on her MPH, Benton participated in a research study that explored adapting Healthy Relationships, […]
COPH Peace Corps volunteer writes first report home
A Bull gone global, Sierra Petrosky, an MPH student in the College of Public Health, has officially become a rural community health volunteer in the country of Benin. The role she has taken is part of her training as a Peace Corps volunteer in conjunction with the Peace Corps Master’s International program. In her recently […]
Empowering Coalitions to Make a Difference in Public Health Issues
Case study shows how USF’s Florida Prevention Research Center developed successful community programs that attracted the CDC’s attention The Florida Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health led a community-based obesity-prevention coalition to complete the Community-Based Prevention Marketing Policy Development process, following eight action steps and resulting in Better […]
Dean Petersen reports on college at annual address
For 30 years, the USF College of Public Health has played an active role in advancing the public’s health — at home and around the world. Without question, the state of the college is robust. Join Dean Donna Petersen for her annual State of the College Address, where she will report on current affairs, reflect on […]
Dr. Jennifer Marshall and team chosen to evaluate infant mental health initiative
The Hillsborough County Early Childhood Council has called upon Dr. Jennifer Marshall and her research team to evaluate the county’s Infant Mental Health Uniting Grant. Marshall, a research assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Health at the USF College of Public Health, has a long relationship with the council. “I have worked […]