Updates Regarding the Commissioned Corps
Using our website, emails, social media, the newsletter Frontline, and a global network of Local Branches, COA sends members updates affecting the Commissioned Corps, the professional categories, retired officers, and public health in general.
Representation on Capitol Hill
A top priority for COA is to ensure parity between the Commissioned Corps and other uniformed services. Some wins include transferability of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and whistle-blower protections.
Participation in a Local Branch
PHS officers value a local connection with their peers and to the communities in which they live and work. COA has Local Branches throughout the country and overseas. Click here to locate a Local Branch near you.
The COA ribbon is authorized to be worn on the PHS uniform by members in good standing when attending COA functions. Contact us if you did not receive a ribbon when you joined COA.
50% Tuition Discount for Online MPH and Certificates at NYMC
All members of the USPHS Commissioned Corps and all employees of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are eligible for a 50% tuition discount on the following New York Medical College Public Health Programs:
Online MPH Degree: Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion; Environmental Health Science; Health Policy and Management
Certificates Programs: Environmental Health; Health Education; Industrial Hygiene; Public Health; Global Health; Emergency Preparedness
$7500 Scholarships for Online Programs
COA partners with several universities which offer online certificates and degrees. For example, COA members qualify for a $7,500 scholarship when they enroll in the online, accredited Master of Public Health program or the online Master of Health Administration, both of which are offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Other programs which provide the $7,500 scholarship for new applicants include:
COA Group Insurance Program
COA enables members to participate in several low-cost group insurance programs, including: Term Life, Disability Income, Long-Term Disability, Hospital Income Protection, Auto and Home, Emergency Assistance, LifeLock ID Protection, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, and Pet Health Insurance. For questions, please call 1-888-633-6459.
Discount for Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam
COA members receive a reduced rate to sit for the CPH exam, the only voluntary core credential for public health professionals. CPH professionals raise the bar and enhance the public health profession through their exemplary academic and leadership skills.
The CPH exam is administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). Since the inaugural CPH exam in 2008, a few thousand public health professionals have passed the CPH exam.
Most Public Health Service officers would qualify under the eligibility criteria. Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and at least five subsequent years’ public health work experience will be eligible to take the CPH exam.
Take this opportunity to set yourself apart. Passing the CPH Exam may be another feather in your cap for promotion within the Commissioned Corps.
"While attending the COF conference in New Orleans I visited the CPH booth. After learning more about the CPH I decided to take the plunge and take the certification exam. It had been over six years since completing graduate school and I thought that obtaining the certification would be a good way to refresh my memory and stay current in the field of public health." - CDR Megan Mattingly, USPHS
Free CPH Exam Study Guide
COA members can access the study guide for free. The guide will prepare you to sit for the CPH exam.
To get your free copy of the CPH Study Guide, visit the NBPHE site for the CPH Study Guide. Create a new account with your email address. After you log in with your credentials, you will be directed to a payment page. To see a zero balance and access the Study Guide, you will need to input the discount code "coadiscount" at check-out.