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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
  • 49 years of the annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium, a mission-related conference bringing together Federal, state, local, and tribal health leaders

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Meet the New COA Board Chair Captain Sara Newman

10/14/2014 - COA advocates on your behalf since 1951. Remain an active member and encourage your fellow officers to join.

Combined Federal Campaign - use code 42884
CFC code 42884

10/03/2014 - The annual Combined Federal Campaign is underway. The campaign season runs from September 1 until December 31. Federal employees, including active duty and retired Public Health Service officers, can use CFC code 42884 to support the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health.

Please remember to notify COA/COF staff that you donated through the CFC and the amount. CFC donation reports often omit the donor names. We want to recognize your generosity.

More association news



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 October Frontline is available for viewing on the COA Members Only website.
The October 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 Frontline@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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