PhD Community and Family Health


Concentration: Community & Family Health (CFH)
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
Delivery: Traditional

The educational mission of the Community & Family Health concentration is to prepare public health professionals who can meet the challenge of improving the health status of the family and the overall community. Programs offered focus on: (1) the analysis of the health status and needs of a population including social, behavioral and demographic factors and characteristics; (2) health promotion and education; (3) client and community-based intervention strategies; (4) development and evaluation of community and family health programs. This program and its faculty provide students with excellent research opportunities in domestic or international arenas through basic and applied research; conducting innovative community-based demonstration programs; providing consultation and technical assistance to agencies and communities; and providing continuing education programs.

The curriculum is a cooperative, learning, research, problem-solving endeavor in which students and faculty contribute interdependently to pursuits essential to the health of human society. The educational process requires active participation and self-direction by the student in pursuit of a type of scholarship and intellectual discipline that remains for life. Scholarship implies the application of a body of knowledge, intellectual curiosity, vision, insight, critical thinking, imagination, analysis and synthesis for the advancement of society.

A graduate from the PhD program will be able to:

  • Contribute to the improvement of the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through intra- and interdisciplinary effort;

  • Implement change within the community and public health;

  • Conduct basic and applied research in identification, prevention and evaluation of public health problems;

  • Teach in University settings; and

  • Assume leadership roles at the local, state, national and international levels.

Program of Study

If you have questions on your program, please contact the Doctoral Training Office at cophdoctoral@usf.edu

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Current Competencies (beginning fall 2017)

PhD Competencies
Community and Family Health Competencies