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.

Physician using an ophthalmoscope to examine a patient

Being a medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps isn't just a job—it's a calling. As a USPHS physician, you will be on the front lines of public health: developing national health policies, treating patients in underserved communities, and responding to public health emergencies. What’s more, any valid professional license opens the door to work in any one of our Federal facilities. The Commissioned Corps will give you a variety of multidisciplinary experiences and the satisfaction of making a real difference. As a 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.

"The U.S. Public Health Service offers physicians nearly limitless opportunities to serve your country, to serve your patients (whether an individual or a population), and to continue the proud tradition of physician leadership that goes back more than 200 years. Commissioned Corps medical officers serve in diverse assignments across the federal government, from clinical care to public health practice, from staff positions to office directors. I encourage you to delve into this site, view the profiles of Commissioned Corps medical officers, or contact one of us to hear first-hand how gratifying this career path has been. Please consider joining us in this noble mission of service, where you will be frequently reminded of the reasons you became a physician."

CAPT David Goldman
Chief Medical 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 eligibility 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