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
Peace Corps Master’s International student Sierra Petrosky sends second report home
Maternal and child health graduate student Sierra Petrosky deployed to Benin, West Africa, last summer.  Ten months into her two-year commitment to the Peace Corps via the Peace Corps Master’s International program at the USF College of Public Health, her recent second report to home base is brimming with her typical enthusiasm, vividness and sharing […]
Going the distance for life
I’m a guy’s guy and have to admit, sometimes I have trouble relating to my daughter. She likes to camp, fish and surf, and do all the things that her big brother and I do, but I could tell she was looking for something to call her own. Then, one day a few months ago, […]
Public health programs across the country see major changes to curriculum [Multimedia]
USF COPH Dean Donna Petersen leads the national group propelling changes in how we prepare tomorrow’s public health workforce. In a packed conference room in Washington, DC, Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, stood before hundreds of public health educators and shared the news: the public health curriculum that was defined 100 years ago – […]
Our past is our future: College recognizes distinguished alumni
It was the evening of May 2.  There was a slight chill in the air as fans gathered in Traditions Hall anxiously awaiting the event of the century. No, not the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.  The other event …. The USF College of Public Health’s Inaugural Alumni Awards Ceremony. More than 180 supporters of the […]
Dr. Martha Coulter reports on provider perceptions of family violence
Dr. Martha Coulter and COPH alumna Melissa Mercado-Crespo published “Co-occurrence of intimate partner violence and child maltreatment: Service providers perceptions.”  The research appears in the February issue of the Journal of Family Violence. Coulter is a professor in the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Community and Family Health.  She also directs The Harrell […]