College of Public Health

From the Dean

We have a saying here at the College of Public Health, “Our practice is our passion,” and we mean that! Every day we work tirelessly to improve the health of the population here in Tampa and around the world. From improving pregnancy outcomes to fighting malaria, we have accomplished much in our first 30 years. As we prepare for the next 30 years and beyond, we cannot afford to rest comfortably on what we’ve done. We hope you’ll join us in improving the public’s health through advancing discovery, learning and service. With your support, tomorrow’s health leaders will be unstoppable.

Donna J. Peterson, ScD, MHS, CPH
Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health
Dean, College of Public Health


Through more than three decades of teaching, research and service, the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health is realizing a bold strategy to improve community health in Tampa Bay and beyond. With your support, we will be unstoppable as we advance public health for now and for the future.

The college’s commitment to solving global health problems has led to innovative partnerships that promote a healthier world, leading the charge against disease and despair. USF fights against the pandemic spread of HIV and malaria, works in China to explore the increase in Alzheimer’s Disease, and leads a nationwide initiative to decrease elective deliveries before 39 weeks.

Fighting Infectious Disease

The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies promotes the health and well-being of mothers, babies and families. The Center seeks funding for an endowed directorship to attract and retain a global leader in the field to carry out its mission supporting our next generation.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Students are the college’s greatest asset and inspiration. Endowed scholarships and fellowships allow these future leaders to advance their education and pursue their dreams of creating a healthier world without the burden of student debt.

Faculty Chairs and Professorships

USF’s public health faculty are united through their expertise in public health practice, record of interdisciplinary research, and enthusiasm for teaching and community engagement. Endowed chairs and professorships allow USF to reward high-achieving faculty and attract the brightest minds in the profession.

Points of Pride

  • Ranked #16 in the nation for public health by U.S. News 
  • Ranked #1 veteran-friendly public health program 
  • Florida’s first school of public health 
  • More than 1,700 students enrolled in bachelor, master’s and doctoral programs 
  • Eight graduate dual-degree and 26 graduate certificate programs 
  • More than $25 million in research awards in FY 2015

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