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Representation on Capitol Hill

A top priority for COA is to ensure parity between the Commissioned Corps and other uniformed services. COA is an active member of The Military Coalition.

Participation in a Local Branch

USPHS 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.

COA Ribbon

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 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

For more information, visit the NYMC website, contact them by email ([email protected]), or call 914-594-4510. 

Reduced tuition at the University of South Florida for Graduate Degrees and Certification Programs

Earn a PhD, DrPH, MPH, MSPH, MHA, BSPH, or graduate certificate in an online, on-campus, or blended format. COA members enjoy reduced rate tuition for eligible online courses and programs. For more information visit, call 813-974-6505, or email [email protected].

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, and Pet Health Insurance.  For questions, please call 1-888-633-6459.

COA Benefit Hub

Enjoy discounts, cash back, and perks on thousands of the brands you live in a variety of categories, including travel, home, health and wellness, local deals, apparel, tickets, electronics, education, sports and outdoors, restaurants, entertainment, and beauty and spa. To sign up, call 1-866-664-4621 or email [email protected]To sign up, visit, enter referral code: V9MPMX.

Member Discount and Free Study Guide for Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam

The CPH exam is administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). Since the inaugural CPH exam in 2008, thousands of public health professionals have passed the CPH exam. Most Public Health Service officers qualify under the eligibility criteria, and COA members receive a $135 application discount and a free study guide. Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and at least five subsequent years’ public health work experience are 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

To receive your free study guide and the $135 application discount, visit the NBPHE site for the CPH Study Guide and 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" and your COA member number at check-out. 

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