RADM Jerrold M. Michael Fellowship

As a tribute to RADM Jerrold M. Michael (Ret.), the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health established a Fellowship program named in his honor.  This program provides financial assistance to officers of the Commissioned Corps pursuing advanced degrees. The Fellowship celebrates RADM Michael’s long and distinguished career as an advocate for improved public health education.  His devotion to both the Public Health Commissioned Corps and academia is legendary.

Donate to the C. Everett Koop Living Legacy Fund to support the RADM Michael Fellowship program.

Global Health Certificate at the University of Maryland

The Fellowship currently supports COA-member junior officers (O1-O4) in the DMV region who want to earn a global health certificate from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  The Foundation pays for two of the four courses needed (approximately $4500).  Courses will be in person at either the College Park or Shady Grove campuses of the University of Maryland.  Officers will need to apply for admission to the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Call for Applications

COA-member junior officers interested in applying for tuition support needed to submit an application by July 15 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Each application must include: 1) a cover letter explaining why you should be considered and how you would use the certificate, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) transcripts.

RADM Jerrold M. MichaelMore About RADM Michael

RADM Michael's service to the nation was long and illustrious.  After high school, he enlisted in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman at the end of World War II.  He began his Commissioned Corps career in June of 1950 as an Ensign assigned by the CDC to research Polio in Arizona.  In 1951 he became the Deputy Director of the Phoenix, Arizona Public Health Department.  From December 1953 to August 1959, he instructed engineering and community health training activities of CDC.  In 1959 he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served as head of the national training activities for the PHS emergency health mobilization program under the Office of the Surgeon General.  From 1962 to 1966 he was the chief of training and then became the Chief of Staff for the Division of Indian Health, Bureau of Medical Services.

In 1966, RADM Michael was assigned to the Bureau of Medical Services and its replacement, the Bureau of Health Services.  Upon his assignment to serve as Assistant Director of the Bureau he was promoted to Assistant Surgeon General with the rank of Rear Admiral.  He subsequently served as Assistant Director of the Consumer Protection and Environmental Health Service.  RADM Michael retired from the Corps in January of 1971 to begin his academic career at the University of Hawaii.

RADM Michael served as Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Hawaii from 1972 to 1992 and continued as Professor of Public Health through 1995.  He currently serves as Emeritus Professor at the University of Hawaii and as an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C.

RADM Michael is a Diplomate in Environmental Engineering.  He graduated from the the George Washington University (Civil Engineering - 1949), the Johns Hopkins University (Sanitary Engineering - 1950), and the University of California (MPH - 1957).  He holds a DrPH from Mahidol University in Thailand and a ScD from Tulane University.

RADM Michael is a Knight Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Elephant in Thailand.  His awards include: the Sang Kancil Gold Medal by the government of Malaysia, the Magnes Medal by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Walter Mangold Award of the NEHA, the John Shaw Billings Award of the AMSUS, the PHS Meritorious Service Medal and Commendation Medal, and the Brutsche Award from the Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS.  He is an honorary member and tribal leader of the Chippewa Indian tribe.  The Surgeon General of the United States presented him with the Surgeon General’s Medallion for a life time of service to the nation.

Make a Gift to the Foundation

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.

Dependent Scholarship

Children and spouses of COA members can apply for money to support undergraduate or graduate education. More information is available on the Scholarship page.

RADM Michael Fellowship

Established in honor of RADM Jerrold M. Michael (Ret.), this program provides PHS officers financial assistance for continuing education. 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 Service.  For more than 125 years, the USPHS Commissioned Corps has been a force of skilled professionals who protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation.


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