What We Do

Science and research health professions officers in the Commissioned Corps have the flexibility and freedom to pursue a diverse and fulfilling career. Science and research health professions officers in the Corps have received their qualifying master’s or doctorate (Ph.D., D.P.H., D.Sc., or Ed.D.) from a broad range of scientific or health-related programs and specialty areas, including:

  • Epidemiology and other public health sciences
  • Physical and biological sciences (such as biology, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, biochemistry, microbiology, human and plant physiology, and genetics)
  • Biostatistics
  • Health and bioinformatics
  • Health risk assessment/communication and health marketing
  • Science and public health policy
  • Social sciences
  • Regulatory affairs in biology, toxicology, and environmental sciences; science administration (research and management)

Day-to-day responsibilities of science and research health professions officers include, but are not restricted to:

  • Reviewing and regulating biologics, drugs, food, and health devices
  • Working in all levels of public health planning, preparation, and response to public health crises and disasters
  • Conducting basic and applied research in various disciplines
  • Educating health care providers, public health professions, and health care consumers
  • Serving as supervisors and administrators in health care, health research, and regulatory agencies

In addition, science and research health professions officers may have the opportunity to assist in public health responses to man-made and natural disasters and participate in rural health missions helping some of the neediest populations in the Nation.

As a science and research health professions officer in the Commissioned Corps, you can work throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in other Federal agencies and programs. Below is a list of the Federal agencies and programs where science and research health professions officers have the greatest likelihood of finding an assignment – the order is based on the number of officers presently assigned. See duty station map for more details.