The RADM Michael Fellowship provides funding for continuing education of junior officers serving in the USPHS Commissioned Corps. Check back in March 2022 for additional funding announcements. The program is currently limited to programs offered by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

​The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health pays for tuition and fees associated with the following programs:

  • Certificate in Global Health – 12 credits
  • Certificate in Principles of Public Health – 14 credits


Any O1-O4 member of the USPHS Commissioned Corps who is also a dues-paying member of the Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS (COA). You must be O-4 and below at the time of application.

​Before starting the program, each applicant must be accepted to the University of Maryland School of Public Health as a non-degree seeking student.


Our agreement with the University of Maryland provides tuition at the in-state rate, regardless of whether the Fellow is a Maryland resident.

The Fellow is responsible for covering incidental costs such as any application fee and required materials.

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Application Process

Applications for the 2021 RADM Michael Fellowship have closed. Please check back in early 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic year funding.

RADM Jerrold M. Michael

The Foundation established the RADM Michael Fellowship to honor the late Rear Admiral Jerrold M. Michael, an engineer officer who was a lifelong advocate for improved public health education.

The devotion RADM Michael had for both the USPHS Commissioned Corps and academia is legendary. Following his 20-year career in the United States Public Health Service as an engineer officer, where he retired as an Assistant Surgeon General, 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 later served as Emeritus Professor at the University of Hawaii and as an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University.

Past recipients of the RADM Michael Fellowship:

LCDR Jill Hammond (Engineer Category)
LCDR Varsha Savalia (Engineer Category)
LT Quynh Nhu Nguyen (Engineer Category)

LT Kristin Hardin (Nurse Category)
LCDR Allen Magtibay (Health Services Category)

CDR Oluchi Elekwachi (Pharmacist Category)
LT Chyla Hunter (Environmental Health Category)

CDR Monique Howard (Therapist Category)
CDR Sophia Russell (Nurse Category)
LCDR Diana Solana-Sodeinde (Pharmacist Category)
LT TaCheka Bailey (Health Services Category)

LT Eric Shell (Health Services Category)

LCDR Duong Nhu (Pharmacist Category)

LCDR Nancy Tian (Scientist Category)
LT Melanie Edwards (Nurse Category)

LCDR Monique Richards (Health Services Category)

LCDR Jinean Riley (Health Services Category)

LCDR James Speckhart (Environmental Health Category)

LCDR Ashley Burns (Pharmacist Category)

LT Renee Ngozi Nwankwo (Nurse Category)

No selection due to COVID-19.

LT Rachel McBride (Dietitian Category)

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