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Community Engagement


Community Engagement students

Students are engaged in the community! 

2,400+ volunteer
38,000 + internship 

That’s how many hours COPH students annually dedicate to making life better in Tampa and around the world!

Students are catalysts for health! 

They volunteer in the community.
They hone their skills via service-learning opportunities.
They practice their diverse public health passions throughout the world.

Under the mentorship of faculty, students conduct community-based research on the major public health challenges. By experiencing public health first-hand, students help find solutions to pressing health issues and understand the human, financial, and other resources needed to improve conditions. 

Simply stated, COPH students make life better!

If you are interested in finding ways to collaborate with us, please contact Joe Bohn, Visiting Assistant Professor & Director of Community Engagement.

COPH student organizations rock!

More than a dozen student organizations call the COPH home. They coordinate programs that connect students with the campus and larger Tampa Bay communities. Here’s a sample of their initiatives. 

Disaster and Humanitarian Relief (DAHR) Student Collaborative
National Welcoming Week @ USF
National Welcoming Week is an event that is held across the United States to embrace refugees from different countries to America. It represents acceptance and diversity as we showcase multiple cultures in the event. Additionally, DAHR supports one-day community engagement through service. Students volunteer for Advocates for World Health, which donates medical materials to less developed countries, and for a refugee garden by cleaning the area for trash, pulling weeds, and setting plants.

Maternal and Child Health Student Organization Annual Symposium

Maternal and Child Health Student Organization Annual Symposium

For eight years the MCHSO has bridged the gap between students, practitioners and researchers in an effort to advance the health of women and children. The daylong symposium is organized by students and features several keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and poster presentations.  Topics have ranged from health is a human right, to family planning and preconception health, to how the social and political climate impact health. In 2016, the president of the American Public Health Association gave the keynote address.

Health Management Student AssociationSpeaker Series

HMSA hosts monthly meetings featuring leaders from the local health care community. These senior professionals include CFOs, CIOs, and presidents from various health care organizations. The leaders speak with students about trending topics and developments in their field.