USPHS Symposium

2017 USPHS Symposium

The U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium is an annual conference for PHS officers and local and state health professionals.  The location changes every year.  The Symposium is sponsored by the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health.  For the agenda and to register, visit

Please join us in Chattanooga on June 6-9 for the 52nd USPHS Symposium.  The theme is "Mobilizing a Culture of Health - Successes and Challenges."

Featured Speakers:  Keynote presentations will feature Dr. James Marks, Executive Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Acting Surgeon General; and RADM Boris Lushniak (ret), Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  A panel discussion titled, "A Culture of Health: Success and Challenges," will be hosted by RADM Ali Kahn (ret), Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health; CAPT Lynn Slepski, Senior Public Health Advisor for the U.S. Department of Transportation; and Dr. Carolyn C. Cannuscio, Director of Research, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Erika Lee will deliver the C. Everett Koop Memorial Lecture during the formal Anchor and Caduceus Dinner.  Her comments will focus on her book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America and the island's shared history with the Public Health Service.  Dr. Lee is Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair of Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

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

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!