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Scientist

Spearhead research for vulnerable communities.

USPHS Commissioned Corps scientists conduct biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological research, enforce drug and medical device regulations, and manage national and international research programs.

Spearhead research for vulnerable communities.

USPHS Commissioned Corps scientists conduct biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological research, enforce drug and medical device regulations, and manage national and international research programs.

Application Process Update

Thank you for expressing an interest in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Due to the large volume of Active Duty Health Services applications received, effective August 1, 2021, we are pausing the acceptance of new applications for the following Health Services professional disciplines: Health Informatics Specialist, Health Information Management Specialist, Healthcare Administrator, and Public Health Professional. This temporary pause will extend through December 31, 2021. We will keep you posted on the date when the applications will be reopened.

We will continue to accept applications for the following Health Services professional disciplines during the pause: Clinical Social Worker, Dental Hygienist, Medical Health Record Administrator, Medical Technologist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Optometrist, Physician Assistant, and Podiatrist.

All applications received prior to August 1, 2021 through the online application system will be reviewed and processed.

Officers In Action

A Message from Chief Scientist Officer CAPT Eckert

Becoming a science and research health professions officer in the USPHS Commissioned Corps
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Qualifications

Doctorate-level degrees in a scientific or health-related specialty from an accredited university, usually approved in American Universities and Colleges (published by the American Council on Education)
Current, unrestricted, and valid license from a U.S. State for any doctoral degree discipline or profession requiring licensure
Specialty areas
Including but not limited to the following
Epidemiology and other Public Health Sciences
Health and Bioinformatics
Health Risk Assessment/Communication and Health Marketing
Physical and Biological Sciences Biostatistics
Regulatory Affairs in Biology, Toxicology, and Environmental Science
Science Administration (Research and Management)
Science And Public Health Policy
Social Sciences
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Benefits

College loan repayment
Career advancement and pay increases with years of service
Health and dental care at low or no cost
Mobility between government agencies
Tax-free housing and meal allowances
Financial support for education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill
Retirement pension plan
Flexibility to work in a variety of settings
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