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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

Latest Stories

COA Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

01/26/2015 - Six seats will open for the COA Board of Directors on July 1, 2015. The open seats include: Dental, Engineer, Environmental Health Officer, Scientist, Field Officer (outside of DC), and Retired Officer. Anyone interested in running for election should review the document linked below, which includes guidelines for participation on the Board and the nomination form required for the election. The deadline to submit nominations is March 6.
Board Nomination Form

COA Releases Strategic Plan for 2015-2019

01/06/2015 - It is here! The new COA 2015-2019 Strategic Plan was released by board chair Captain Sara Newman. The four priority areas are Membership, Visibility, Advocacy, and Branches. The COA Executive Director will create a yearly implementation plan that flows from this larger framework. The Board of Directors will identify annual priorities and specific objectives for committee work to achieve the strategic goals. COA welcomes your feedback and encourages members to participate in local branch activities.
COA Strategic Plan 2015-2019

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