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
MCHSO spring symposium highlighted family planning, preconception health
The Maternal and Child Health Student Organization at the USF College of Public Health presented its sixth annual spring symposium in the Sam Bell III Auditorium on March 20.  The topic was family planning.  A two-hour meet-and-greet with the speakers at the WELL set the stage the previous evening. Seven speakers were featured at this […]
30 years + alumni = inaugural awards ceremony
Join the USF College of Public Health community as we celebrate 28 Bulls with significant impact in public health research, practice, and policy, as well as teaching, scholarship, and mentorship of public health professionals. It is a tribute to those who have most advanced public health domestically or internationally and you don’t want to miss […]
One day. Every person. Our public health community.
Join us in directly impacting the lives of public health students at USF “From translational research to an interdisciplinary approach to community engagement, students are the college’s greatest asset and inspiration,” said Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, dean of the USF College of Public Health. There’s a wave of Bull pride moving across the country […]
Dr. Karen Liller aims to reduce in-home injuries
Dr. Karen D. Liller and colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published “Preventing unintentional injuries in the home using the health impact pyramid.” The research appears in the journal of Health Education & Behavior.   Liller is a professor in the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Community and Family Health. […]
National Public Health Week is in full swing at USF
April 6-12 is National Public Health Week. Don’t know where to celebrate?  Well, look no farther than the USF College of Public Health. National Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association. Since 1995, the group declared the first week in April as “a time to recognize the contributions of public health […]