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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

Photo Montage of Commissioning and Change of Command Ceremony for Surgeon General Murthy

04/27/2015 -

Credit: CDR Kun Shen, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS

House Announces Congressional Public Health Caucus

04/16/2015 - Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA-1) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX-29) issued a press release on April 9 to announce the new Congressional Public Health Caucus. Congressman Wittman wrote, The field of public health is dedicated to awareness and prevention, and this caucus will be a fantastic tool to raise awareness among members and congressional staff about how public health issues can impact their districts. We must do more to reduce the cost of health care in America, and by focusing our legislative efforts on prevention and public health, Congress can help to rein in costs in the future.

COA maintains the unofficial website for the Congressional Public Health Caucus. You can find it online at:
Congressional Public Health Caucus

2015 COA Branch Marketplace

04/03/2015 - 2015 COA Branch Marketplace - Deadline April 30, 2015. Please see details below.
2015 COA Branch Marketplace Details

COA Insurance

03/10/2015 - COA Insurance. Financial fitness with group rates. We offer Term Life Insurance, Accidental Death Insurance and Long Term Disability Insurance.

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

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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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