Science and Research Health Professions

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.



Scientist examining a sample
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.

"Commissioned Corps Scientists have unparalleled opportunities to serve our Nation’s needs here and abroad. We work in laboratories, offices, and the field applying our scientific and leadership skills to improving the health of our fellow citizens. We respond to public health emergencies, guide the development of critical policies, and provide leadership across the government in a variety of roles. We are proud serve our county in uniform and strive to earn that honor every day."

CAPT Martin Sanders
Chief Scientist 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