Education and Administration

If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. Please visit our How to Apply page for updates on which professions are currently being accepted.



Public health education and administration officers in the Commissioned Corps play a vital role in the Commissioned Corps. You will have opportunities to advance your career while performing much-needed public health work in underserved communities throughout the Nation and the world. As part of a national team of committed health care professionals, you’ll enjoy leadership opportunities, excellent benefits, and work/life balance, all while improving the health of the Nation.

“It has always been and continues to be honor to wear the uniform of the U.S. Public Health Service. The opportunities for officers in the Commissioned Corps are varied, interesting, and above all rewarding. Officers in the Corps can play a role in making a positive difference in people’s lives by working in rural health, research, with state health agencies, and by participating in emergency response situations like hurricanes, oil spills, flooding, and public health emergencies like the H1N1 pandemic. The opportunity to work in a variety of settings has been most gratifying. Opportunities for personal and professional growth abound in the PHS. I can’t imagine having had as great a career as I’ve had in this service, anywhere else.”

REAR ADMIRAL Epifanio (Epi) Elizondo
Chief Health Services Officer
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Salary and Benefits

For the most part, Commissioned Corps officers enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts in their sister uniform services. Among the many benefits officers receive are:

  • Competitive starting pay that increases with promotions and years of service
  • Loan repayment potential
  • Health care and dental care for officers at no cost
  • Low-cost health care and dental care for your family
  • Healthcare benefits continue during retirement
  • Low-cost group life insurance
  • Thirty days of paid vacation per year – beginning the first year
  • Paid sick leave, maternity leave, and Federal holidays
  • Retirement plan with benefits elegibility beginning after 20 years of service
  • Thrift Savings Plan (retirement saving and investment plan similar to 401(k))

Page Last Modified on 2/3/2014