USPHS Symposium

2018 USPHS Symposium

June 4-7, 2018, at the InterContinental Dallas

The theme for the 53rd U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium is "Ensuring Health for Generations to Come: Science Matters."  The Symposium is sponsored by the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health.  For the agenda and to register, visit

Sponsor and Exhibitors:  There are numerous opportunities for organizations and companies to sponsor the USPHS Symposium.  Click here for more information and the prospectus.

2017 USPHS Symposium

Chattanooga hosted the 52nd annual USPHS Symposium on June 6-9.  The theme was "Mobilizing a Culture of Health - Successes and Challenges."  Featured speakers included Jim Marks of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Acting Surgeon General RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, retired RADM Boris Lushniak of the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  Other plenary speakers included retired RADM Ali Khan of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, CAPT Lynn Slepski of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Dr. Carolyn C. Cannuscio of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Erika Lee of the University of Minnesota delivered the C. Everett Koop Memorial Lecture during the formal Anchor and Caduceus Dinner.  Her comments focused on her book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America and the island's shared history with the Public Health Service.

2016 USPHS Symposium

The 2016 U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium was held in Oklahoma City on May 16-19.  The theme was "Gimme Five: Building a Better Tomorrow Through Prevention Today."  You can find photos of the 2016 USPHS Symposium here.  Click here for an August 2016 special edition of the JOAG Journal which highlights the Junior Officer Advisory Group involvement at the 2016 conference.

2015 USPHS Symposium

The theme for the 2015 USPHS Symposium was "Public Health Diversity: Succeeding in a Flatter World."  Attendees received the latest news on Corps responses to Ebola, unaccompanied children, influenza, overweight/obesity, mental health needs, and much more.  Click here for some photos of the 2015 Symposium.

Plenary speakers included Karen B. DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health; VADM Vivek H. Murthy, 19th U.S. Surgeon General; RADM James W. Curran, (ret) Dean and Professor of Epidemiology, Emory Rollins School of Public Health; RADM Scott F. GibersonDirector, Commissioned Corps Headquarters and Commander, Commissioned Corps Ebola Response/West Africa; and Mia Beers, Division Director for Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Mike Stobbe, DrPH, Medical Writer, Associated Press, discussed his book Surgeon General’s Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation’s Doctor during the formal Anchor and Caduceus Dinner.

Selection Criteria for Hosting a USPHS Symposium

Is your Local Branch of COA interested in hosting a USPHS Symposium in your city or region? If so, then please review the following criteria used by the Board of Trustees of the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health when selecting a venue.

We want to hear from COA members.  Please send your suggestions for the USPHS Symposium to  Thanks!