Science and Research Health Professions
In recent years, USPHS has received overwhelming interest in career opportunities. To manage the current volume of applications amidst organizational changes, it was necessary for us to focus our efforts on professions and positions of most need. As of May 2012 – and until further notice – the Commissioned Corps is not accepting new application packets for this profession. Please refer to the Application
Process Change: Focus on Existing Applicant Pool PDF for more information, and check the Web site or Facebook page for future updates.
Qualifications: Doctorate (Ph.D., D.P.H., D.Sc., or Ed.D.) in a scientific or health related specialty
As a science and research health professions officer in the Commissioned Corps, your work will improve health, save lives, and promote scientific and medical discovery at home and abroad. You can conduct cutting-edge research or applied public health in one of many distinct disciplines, including epidemiology, chemistry, biology, entomology, microbiology, and toxicology, and develop and provide oversight for national health research programs. As a Commissioned Corps officer, you can respond to public health emergencies and natural disasters and help communities recover in the aftermath. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals united by the larger goals of protecting and improving the Nation's health. The Commissioned Corps offers a stimulating professional environment, leadership opportunities, and the satisfaction of making a real difference. And you will enjoy excellent benefits and work/life balance.
“Scientists in the Corps are prepared for anything. Whether we're leading the way toward scientific and medical discoveries, caring for families, or improving communities' emergency preparedness, we're on the front lines protecting public health.”
CAPTAIN SHARON WILLIAMS-FLEETWOOD
Chief Scientist Officer
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
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))
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