Department of Community and Family Health
College of Public Health

Welcome to the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida!


We’d like to welcome you to our website and to share some important information about the department.

The Department’s mission includes education, research and service to enhance the health promotion and disease prevention status of individuals, families, and communities.  Our programs assist individuals in developing leadership in the health science disciplines that meet the needs of diverse populations.

The Faculty members in our department are dedicated to excellence in teaching and mentorship of students, innovation in research, and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.  We have three research centers housed in the department and several other federally funded research programs.

The concentrations offered in our department for the MPH and MSPH degrees are behavioral health, maternal and child health, public health education, and socio-health sciences.  We also offer both the Ph.D. and the Dr.PH. degrees, and several graduate certificate programs and dual degree programs.

Please explore our site and discover the many opportunities that await you in the Department of Community and Family Health.   If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Julie Baldwin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Community and Family Health


Research Centers

The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Health Mothers and Babies

The Harrell Center for the Study of Domestic Violence

Florida Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida



The Maternal and Child Health Student Organization (MCHSO) is pleased to present its 2nd Annual MCH Symposium scheduled for March 3 and 4, 2011 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in the Marshall Center at USF.

This year’s symposium is called Great Expectations: Improving Perinatal Mental Health, and we will be exploring mental health issues from pregnancy, labor, and childbirth, through breastfeeding, and early infant attachment and development. We have an exciting line-up of distinguished speakers from USF and beyond, as well as a poster session which will represent student research in the area of perinatal health. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, is a health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and a specialist in mind-body medicine. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas and is author of more than 280 journal articles, book chapters and other publications, and author or editor of 20 books in the fields of trauma, women’s health, depression, and breastfeeding, including Depression in New Mothers, 2nd Edition (2010, Taylor & Francis), The Psychoneuroimmunology of Chronic Disease (2010, American Psychological Assn), Non-Pharmacologic Treatments for Depression in New Mothers (2008, Hale Publishing), and Breastfeeding Made Simple, (co-authored with Nancy Mohrbacher).

The symposium is open and FREE to USF students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members. Please visit our Web site for information on how to register. We hope you will join us! This event is listed on MCHSO's website under "events":




More Department News

The USF COPH partners with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and the CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)

The USF COPH partners with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and the CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) to offer a three-month, paid fellowship for a public health student. I am pleased to announce that two CFH students were selected as fellows for this summer. Click Here to see the flyer.

Ms Sara Kennedy will work with the Epidemiology Branch's evaluation team. Specifically, she will assist the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion (NCCDPHP) with program evaluation, scientific and technical assistance in support of tobacco control research and surveillance and evaluation of the National Tobacco Control Program, nationally and at the State and local level, and in support of other OSH publications and programs. Methods to be utilized include program evaluation research design, qualitative and qualitative evaluation methods and report preparation

Ms Tamara Looney is assigned to the Health Communications Branch. Her activities will include program evaluation, scientific and technical assistance in support of evaluation of CDC's Media Campaign Resource Center and in support of other OSH publications and programs. Methods to be utilized include program evaluation research design, quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods and report preparation.

The program has been in existence since 2006. Previous fellows include: Jessica Cohen (EPI), Bambi Arnold (EPI), Crystal Bruce (PHP) and Christine Schlip (CFH). Information on the fellowship is attached. Pending funding, another fellowship will be offered in summer 2012.

Congratulations, ladies!

Drs. Ellen Daley and Eric Buhi receive grant from the Ford Foundation

Dr. Ellen Daley, Associate Professor, and Dr. Eric Buhi, Assistant Professor, in the Department of Community and Family Health have been awarded a grant from the Ford Foundation. The two-year grant, "An in-depth situational analysis of Florida county-level decisions in sexuality education programming," will focus on understanding the process of how sexuality education programming is adopted, how course content is decided, and why certain programmatic/curricular efforts are implemented (e.g., comprehensive sexuality education, abstinence only until marriage education, youth development programs) at local levels.

Dr. Robert McDermott and Colleagues Publish Paper

Martinasek, MP, McDermott, Martini, L: Waterpipe (Hookah) Tobacco Smoking Among Youth. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care, pgs 34-57, February 2011.

Dr. Sarah Desmarais is Teaching Course in London

Dr. Desmarais is teaching a course in Feb 2011 offered by the West London Mental Health Program at the London School of Economics for physicians, nurses, social workers and other health professionals working with patients with severe mental illness. The course will provide training in the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START), a manualized, evidence-based practice for assessing and managing risks associated with mental, personality, and substance use disorders, including violence, suicide/self-harm, and victimization. Dr. Desmarais was involved in the development and validation of the START as a graduate student and has been training health and legal professionals worldwide for the past 6 years. Since the original publication of the manual in 2004, the START has been implemented in 10 countries and translated into 8 languages.