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The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service (COA) is dedicated to improving and protecting the public health of the United States by advocating for the Commissioned Corps and its officers.


COA protects the interests of the Commissioned Corps officers of the U.S. Public Health Service, uniformed service professionals in public health and global health.

Recent COA achievements include:

  • Whistleblower protections
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill transferability for PHS officers
  • Congressional passage of all COA-backed health care reform proposals
  • 48 years of the annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium, a mission-related conference bringing together Federal, state, local, and tribal health leaders


Latest Stories

New PHS Officer's Guide Available for Purchase
PHS Officer's Guide

07/08/2014 - Buy your copy of the new and improved PHS Officer's Guide, a must-have for every officer in the PHS Commissioned Corps. Authors CAPT Jim Knoben (Ret.) and CAPT Alice Knoben added a chapter on leadership principles and updated all other content. 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.

COA members can buy copies for $15 each. Below is an order form.
Order Form for PHS Officer's Guide

BCOAG Will Be Returning to New Orleans Again in 2014

07/03/2014 - For the past seven years, BCOAG has made a commitment to serve the people of New Orleans, Louisiana one week annually through outreach missions trips. BCOAG is continuing its tradition and is planning its 2014 NOLA mission.

Click the link below to view the announcement.
BCOAG - NOLA

Updates to USPHS Uniform Policy and Service Khakis Refresher
Summer khaki

07/02/2014 - The presentation linked below is one of the best, most comprehensive sources of information and guidance regarding uniform requirements in the Corps. It is also up to date. Thanks to LCDRs Scott Steffen and James Lyons for creating the updates and allowing us to post them online.
USPHS Uniform Policy, as of 25 June 2014

 
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We have now partnered with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, allowing COA members to receive a $7,500 scholarship when they enroll in the online, accredited Master of Public Health program or the online Executive Master of Health Administration.


 


Below is a 1936 film that includes the history of the USPHS.


 

 



The June/July Frontline is available for viewing on the COA Members Only website.
The June/July Frontline is available for viewing on the COA Members Only website. Interested in submitting an article for Frontline? See GUIDELINES for submissions (located @ Members Only/Frontline). Then email submission to Malissa Spalding at mspalding@coausphs.org.

Click here to login to the COA Members Only website!




Go to the COA Members Only Website, and click on the PenFed link to join Pentagon Federal Credit Union!


 



Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferability

Huge victory for USPHS Commissioned Corps officers who serve their country with honor. Want to take advantage of this great benefit but don’t know where to start? The Cincinnati COA Branch developed “Notes from the Road." Below it is guidance prepared by GI Bill experts at PHS.


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