Publications

Public Health Service Officer’s Guide:  Leadership, Protocol and Service Standards (second edition)

Written by CAPT James E. Knoben, USPHS (Ret.) and CAPT Alice D. Knoben, USPHS

Authors CAPT Jim Knoben (Ret.) and CAPT Alice Knoben added a chapter on leadership principles and updated all other content. RADM Boris Lushniak wrote, "The Public Health Service Officer's Guide is an excellent reference& (that) provides an opportunity for officers to enhance their knowledge base." 

Chapters in the book include: Uniformed Service Essentials, Leadership Principles, Courtesy & Protocol, Ceremony Protocol, Special Duty Positions, Communications, Meetings, Table Protocol, and much more. The appendices include planning for various ceremonies, Dining-Out, formal receptions, and distinguished visitors. 

COA members can buy copies for $15 each. Below is an order form.
Order Form for PHS Officer's Guide


The USPHS Commissioned Corps:  A Study on Value and Contributions to DHHS Mission and National and Global Health Priorities and Initiatives

Independent study by the University of Maryland School of Public Health, authored by Muhiuddin Haider, PhD

This study assesses the value of the USPHS CC as a provider of leadership and service for federal and state public health efforts at the national and global levels.  For the purposes of this study, value is defined as the contribution of the USPHS CC to the health and welfare of the nation. Specifically, this report examines the environmental factors, human resource and task factors, management approach and systems factors, and operations management factors of the USPHS CC.  The assessment of these factors provides data on the value (dollar value, comparative value, capacity to respond to emergency needs) of employing a commissioned officer compared to a federal civil servant.


A Century of Adventure in Northern Health: The Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in Alaska (1879-1978)

Written by CAPT Robert A. Fortuine, USPHS (Ret.)

The U.S. Public Health Service has a long and proud tradition in Alaska.  In a vast territory with treacherous weather and logistical challenges, the officers and employees of the PHS have served on many fronts with skill, courage, and distinction.

Dr. Robert Fortuine, who served in the PHS for twenty-six years, tells the story of these dedicated men and women in A Century of Adventure.  He describes the isolation and physical hardships they endured as they fought epidemic disease and struggled to ensure that all Alaskans received the health care they so desperately needed.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: Principles & Practice

Edited by VADM Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, (Ret. USPHS), 17th Surgeon General of the United States; CAPT Robert G. Darling, MD, (Ret. USN); CAPT James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, (Ret. USPHS); and RADM Jerrold M. Michael, DrPH, ScD (Ret. USPHS)

The book provides a much-needed reference for all uniformed service and civilian emergency medical response personnel.  It organizes a vast array of emergency public health organizational and practice information in a form that allows ready understanding of the principles and practice norms within the field, and their inter-relationships.  As noted by the book’s Senior Editor, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, the book will “…serve to enhance the knowledge and professionalism of those who are tasked with an emergency response mission.”


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