Registration is Open for the 2015 USPHS Symposium

Come and listen to plenary speakers like Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo, Jim Curran of the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Valerie Montgomery Rice of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Rear Admiral Scott Giberson, author Mike Stobbe, and others.

The 2015 Symposium will be the 50th annual conference for Public Health Service officers and local health professionals.  The agenda has expanded from previous years and will include more scientific sessions, more opportunities for networking, and more chances to earn continuing education credits vital to your health profession.

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PHS Officers Guide

Authors Release New PHS Officer's Guide

During the 2014 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium, authors CAPT Jim Knoben (Ret.) and CAPT Alice Knoben released their new and improved PHS Officer's Guide, a must-have for every officer in the PHS Commissioned Corps. RADM Boris Lushniak wrote, "The Public Health Service Officer's Guide is an excellent reference... (that) provides an opportunity for officers to enhance their knowledge base."

Chapters in the book include: Uniformed Service Essentials, Leadership Principles, Courtesy & Protocol, Ceremony Protocol, Special Duty Positions, Communications, Meetings, Table Protocol, and much more. The appendices include planning for various ceremonies, Dining-Out, formal receptions, and distinguished visitors.

Click here for the order form.  Discounts for COA members.

USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

Registration Open for 2015 USPHS Symposium

Join us for the 50th annual conference for U.S. Public Health Service officers and state and local health officials.  Find more information at

2014 USPHS Symposium Successful

Over 1000 Public Health Service officers and local health professionals attended the 2014 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, pictured to the left, provided keynote remarks.  Other plenary speakers included RADM Fitzhugh Mullan, USPHS (Ret.), Dr. Arthur Kellermann of the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, Dr. William Lanier of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris Lushniak, Acting Deputy Surgeon General RADM Scott Giberson, Chief of Staff CAPT Robert DeMartino, RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer (Ret.) of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and Dean Barbara Rimer of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  It was a fantastic opportunity for continuing education credits and to collaborate with PHS officers from across the country.

Below are some video recordings from the conference.

Opening Keynote (Slade-Sawyer, Rimer, Koh):  click here

Luther Terry Lecture (Kellermann):  click here

Engineer Category Day (Beck):  click here

Closing Keynote (Currie, DeMartino, Giberson, Lushniak):  click here


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The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes. Donations are recognized at the annual Public Health Symposium and in the newsletter Frontline.

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Presentations and photo galleries from previous Symposia are available below:

2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

2011 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium




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