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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. 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.

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 or contact them by email ( or by phone (914) 594-4510.

$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 scholarshipwhen 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:





IROnline (American) 





Ohio State University School of Nursing



Online MPH at Keck School of Medicine of USC

Online Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice OSU

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

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 

Click here for a flyer about eligibility and content. The NBPHE website has a lot more information.

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.