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In the service of health

The USPHS Commissioned Corps is one of the nation’s uniformed services — a branch committed to the service of health. Officers advance our nation’s public health, serving in agencies across the government, as physicians, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, scientists, engineers and other professionals.
11 professional categories
6,100+ officers and growing
800 locations across the U.S. and around the world
Our mission

Our mission

Protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the nation.


We provide vision and purpose in public health through inspiration, dedication, and loyalty.


We are committed to public health through compassionate actions and stewardship of time, resources, and talents.


We exemplify uncompromising ethical conduct and maintain the highest standards of responsibility and accountability.


We exhibit superior performance and continuous improvement in knowledge and expertise.

Where we serve

See where our officers are serving


Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Director of Commissioned Corps Headquarters
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Our history

For more than 200 years, men and women have served in what is today called the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. Originally created to prevent the spread of disease from returning sailors, the USPHS Commissioned Corps now plays a critical role as protector of our nation’s health in all 50 states and overseas.
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