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COA is the only organization working exclusively on behalf of PHS Commissioned Corps Officers. We are committed to you.
New COA Member Application -
Click here to access the online membership application. Once your application is processed, you will receive a New Member Welcome Packet via email and the COA Ribbon (via mail), which can only be worn during a COA meeting or the Annual Symposium.
Renew Your COA Membership -
Click here to access the Members Only Website to renew your membership and update your information.
Give COA Membership as a Gift -
To give a COA Membership as a Gift, you may sponsor an officer by filling out the Sponsor Form complete with your credit card information and then click the "Submit by E-mail” button, or mail the completed form to COA with an enclosed check (payable to "COA"). Please ask the officer who will be receiving the COA Membership if they are currently a COA Member; if they are not a COA Member, please ask the recipient to fill out the Recipient Form and “Submit by E-mail” to complete the process. If the officer is currently a COA Member, they do not need to do anything further.
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CPH Exam Study Guide
The National Board of Public Health Examiners offers COA members free access to the ASPPH Certified in Public Health (CPH) Study Guide. The guide will prepare you to sit for the CPH credential, which is the only voluntary core credential for public health professionals. The CPH designation demonstrates that an individual graduate from a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health has mastered foundational competencies in public health. CPH professionals raise the bar and enhance the public health profession through their exemplary academic and leadership skills.
The CPH exam is administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). The inaugural CPH exam was offered in August 2008. To date, more than 3,000 individuals have passed the CPH exam.To obtain your free copy, COA members should visit the CPH Study Guide website and use discount code coadiscount when ordering the study guide.
"After working 'in the trenches' for the Indian Health Service as a Commissioned Officer for 25 years, I found it inspiring and invigorating to get my MPH. Learning public health from the 'other side' was all the more interesting and fulfilling, because of my work experience. Then, getting my CPH proved to be an encouraging endorsement of all the hard work I put into obtaining my MPH." - CAPT Patrick O'Connor, USPHS (Ret.)
"While attending the 2011 COF conference in New Orleans I visited the CPH booth. After learning more about the CPH I decided to take the plunge and take the certification exam. It had been over 6 years since completing graduate school and I thought that obtaining the certification would be a good way to refresh my memory and stay current in the field of public health." - CDR Megan Mattingly, USPHS
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COA Expands Partnership with the George Washington University
MPH@GW — A Master of Public Health that develops leaders who impact the health of communities worldwide. Learn more.
MHA@GW — An Executive Master of Health Administration for professionals with three or more years of experience in the health care or health services industry who are seeking leadership roles in their organization. Request more information.Both of these online programs blend top-level curricula, face-to-face interactions and real-world experiences to help you advance your career without putting it on hold.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: Principles & Practice
This book is edited by, VADM Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, (Ret. USPHS), 17th Surgeon General of the United States; CAPT Robert G. Darling, MD, (Ret. USN); CAPT James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, (Ret. USPHS); and RADM Jerrold M. Michael, DrPH, ScD (Ret. USPHS).
COA discount price of $22.00 plus free shipping and handling. The retail price is $28.00 plus shipping and a $4.00 standard handling charge. To receive the discount, you must fill out the form below, and fax it to COF at 301-731-9084.
Public Health Foundation Publication Discounts
Sex, Sin, and Science Discount
Written by John Parascandola, Former PHS Historian, Sex, Sin and Science: A History of Syphilis in America traces the history of syphilis in America from Colonial times to the present, as well as providing a background chapter on the origins and spread of syphilis. The important role of the PHS Commissioned Corps is prominently featured through his narrative. In his foreword to the book, 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona calls the work "a thoughtful, powerful and revealing treatise...that the general public, historians, politicians, and science can benefit from."
The Pharmacist in Public Health: Education, Applications and Opportunities
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