The foundation is committed to supporting education activities that:

  • Improve the knowledge and expertise of public health professionals
  • Increase public awareness and understanding of public health issues

Our efforts include:

  • Creating printed and online educational materials on important health themes designed to educate a wide variety of audiences about public health, including the media, government officials and the general public. These materials highlight the current and future role of the nation’s professional public health workers.
  • Offering support to speakers to allow them to participate in professional conferences
  • Developing distance learning seminars for public health professionals in remote areas
  • Providing scholarships for continuing education of junior PHS Commissioned Officers
  • Providing college scholarships for dependents of USPHS Commissioned Officers
  • Supporting the annual Public Health Professional Conference
  • Providing partial fee grants for the annual Public Health Professional Conference

 HSO Officer performing community outreach
Credit: USPHS Commissioned Corps

Scholarship Winners for Academic Year 2013-2014

Six deserving dependents of PHS Commissioned Officers have been awarded a total of $5,000 in scholarship money for the 2013-2014 academic year. We received 12 applications. Winners were chosen by a panel of active and retired PHS Officers. We are collecting donations for next year’s Dependent Scholarship program. Please visit the Giving page to learn more. Click here to learn more about the recipients (pdf).

Make a Gift to the Foundation

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the foundation are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes. Donations to the foundation are recognized at the annual Public Health Symposium, in the Commissioned Officers Association newsletter (Frontline) and in the most recent annual report.

2013 Dependent Scholarship

Are you interested in applying for a 2013 undergraduate or graduate scholarship? Children and spouses of active duty and retired USPHS officers who are members of the Commissioned Officers Association can apply. More information is available on the Scholarship page.

RADM Jerrold M. Michael (Ret.) Global Health Fellowship

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health has established a Fellowship program in honor of RADM Jerrold M. Michael (Ret.). The program was established in honor of his 80th Birthday.  This program provides financial assistance to officers of the Commissioned Corps pursuing advanced degrees. More about the Fellowship.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability

The affiliated Commissioned Officers Association won the opportunity for USPHS officers to transfer education benefits to children and/or a spouse. Learn more about eligibility and the process at the GI Bill website.

History of USPHS

The Public Health Service traces its roots back to 1798 and the Marine Hospital Fund. It started a system of hospitals providing care for merchant sailors arriving in U.S. ports. For more than 200 years, the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps has been our Nation's frontline protecting against the spread of disease from sailors returning from foreign ports, maintaining the health of immigrants entering the country and supporting communities affected by natural and manmade disasters. See the USPHS history page for more information.


2013 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

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