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
Five graduate students awarded MCH scholarships
The Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program has announced its 2014-15 scholarship recipients.  They include: Jessica Gipson, MPH student Amelia Phillips, MPH student Laketa Entzminger, MPH student Ariana Bentz, MPH student Mahmooda Pasha, doctoral student Through the traineeship, each student receives a stipend, a tuition waiver, and a specialized curriculum involving intensive mentoring and […]
Sharing the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
A $2 million grant is supporting a multidisciplinary collaboration with Université d’ Etat d ’Haiti researching ways to mitigate the disease among Haitian adolescents.   With HIV/AIDS as its target, a five-year project between USF and the Université d’ Etat d ’Haiti (UEH) has gotten off to an auspicious start between an orientation meeting during […]
New Associate Dean Rita DeBate ready to build her wings
Dr. Rita DeBate, newly appointed associate dean of USF’s College of Public Health, completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the State University of New York at Geneseo intent on tackling eating disorders. Beginning her graduate studies in clinical psychology, she had a revelation:  She wanted to work in prevention, not treatment, but didn’t know […]
Dr. Cheryl Vamos and colleagues report on a preventive child oral health intervention among dental providers
Public Health researcher Dr. Cheryl Vamos and colleagues report on the impact of the Baby Oral Health Program (bOHP), an intervention intiative, on dental providers’ knowledge, values, confidence and practice behaviors regarding preventive oral health care to young children (<3 years). The study also assessed the feasibility and satisfaction of the bOHP among dental providers […]
Dr. Jennifer Marshall reports on if young children get the services they need
USF College of Public Health researcher Dr. Jennifer Marshall and colleague published “Following Up on Community-Based Developmental Screening: Do Young Children Get the Services They Need?”  The paper is in the October/December issue of Infants & Young Children. Marshall is a research assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Health. She conducts mixed […]