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
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.
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.
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.
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.