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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.

Qualifying Examination and Dissertation Guide

Program of Study

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Catalog Info and
Program of Study by Catalog Year:


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COPH Catalog

COPH Catalog

COPH Catalog

COPH Catalog

Note: You may choose a program of study that corresponds to the academic year of your admission or any year thereafter.  Please see the guidelines below.

 USF Guidelines on Choosing a Program of Study

The USF Tampa Graduate Catalog, including college and program requirements, and program and course descriptions, is available on the web at Each Catalog is published and in effect for the academic term(s) noted on the title page.

Student’s Program Degree Requirements

In order to graduate, students must meet all requirements specified in the USF Catalog of their choice, except as noted below. As the University is dynamic, changes and updates to the catalog are anticipated. In contract to major requirements, which are tied to a specific catalog, all students must comply with University policies and procedures that come into effect each catalog year.

  • Students cannot choose a USF Catalog published prior to admission (or readmission) or during an academic year in which they did not complete at least two terms. If a student is dropped from the system and must be reinstated, the student’s choice of Catalog is limited to the USF Catalog in effect at the time of readmission or any one Catalog published during their continuous re-enrollment.
  • If state law or certification requirements change, the student must comply with the most current standard or criteria.
  • If the College or Department makes fundamental changes to the program that necessitates changes in the degree requirements of enrolled students, the needs of those students will be explicitly addressed in the proposal for change and scrutinized by the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • USF policies and procedures not related to degree requirements such as academic grievance procedures, student conduct code and other procedural processes and definitions may be updated each year and the student will be held to the most current catalog and procedures available.
  • USF does not commit itself to offer all the courses, programs, and majors listed in this Catalog. If the student cannot meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the Catalog of choice as a result of decisions and changes made by the University, appropriate substitutions will be determined by the program to ensure that the student is not penalized.

Current Competencies (beginning fall 2017)

PhD Competencies
Community and Family Health Competencies

 Previous Competencies

2011 - 2016 Competencies


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