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The service of dietitians in the United States Public Health Service dates back to the year 1919. During that year, the first dietetic section was organized in the PHS Division of Hospitals which operated a medical care program for American seamen. These hospitals were primarily located in port cities with in-patient capacities ranging from about 100 to 1,000 beds.
Today PHS dietitians may serve in either the Commissioned Corps or the Civil Service personnel system. Presently there are approximately 100 Commissioned Officers and over 400 Civil Service dietitians serving in the PHS. Regardless of the assignment, their competence and skills are well utilized in advancing the objectives of the organizations they serve.
Dietitians serve in a variety of government agencies such as: Indian Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bureau of Prisons, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly the Health Care Financing Administration). Dietitians serving in these organizations are involved in diverse areas including research, clinical nutrition, food service administration, program planning and evaluation, health facility inspections, regulatory oversight and public health nutrition. In addition, dietitians are prepared and ready to respond to emergency situations, such as the 9-11 Terrorist Attack, Anthrax Attacks, Haiti Earthquake, and other natural disasters and unforeseen incidents.
As science continues to substantiate the importance of food and nutrition in relation to health, dietitians will play an even greater role in the continuing history of the profession in the United States Public Health Service.
PHS dietitians proudly serving under the flag of the United States Public Health Service have made, and will continue to make, major contributions to the health of the nation.