Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee

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Resources for Career DevelopmentReturn to top of page

EHO Promotion Benchmarks

Promotion Year 2017 Benchmarks (PDF: 322 KB) 
- 2017 Benchmark 2 Supplemental Guidance (PDF: 132 KB) 

Promotion Year 2016 Benchmarks (PDF: 108 KB) 
Promotion Year 2015 Benchmarks (PDF: 91 KB) 
Promotion Year 2014 Benchmarks (PDF: 266 KB) 
Promotion Year 2013 Benchmarks (PDF: 382 KB) 
Promotion Year 2012 Benchmarks (PDF: 342 KB) 

Current CV, CV Cover Sheet, and Continuing Education Summary Templates

CV Template Updated July, 2016 (Microsoft Word: 33 KB, 7 pages)
Continuing Education Summary Template Updated July, 2015 (Microsoft Word: 34 KB, 3 pages)
CV Cover Sheet Template Updated July, 2016 (Microsoft Word: 15 KB, 1 pages)
- CV Cover Sheet Supplemental Guidance Updated June, 2016 (PDF: 61 KB, 1 pages)

Officer Statement/Reviewing Official Statement

Please visit the CC Promotion Website for the latest versions of these forms.This link goes to an external site

Updated

Career Progression Milestones

Career Progression Milestones Updated April, 2017 (PDF 112KB, 1 page) - This document provides EHOs a snapshot of milestones an officer should strive to achieve throughout a career.

Aide-de-Camp

Tips for a Successful Aide-de-Camp Article – This document provides EHOs with information about this exciting opportunity. (Published in the EHO Summer 2016 Newsletter - article is on page 11)

Resources for CommunicationsReturn to top of page

Guidance for posting to the EHOPAC Listserv

This is the final guidance for posting to the EHOPAC Listserv. This guidance defines what information is appropriate for dissemination via the EHOPAC Listserv in an effort to provide consistent and reliable communication. The guidance also contains what uses are not appropriate.

The implementation date for this document is 05/05/2015.

EHOPAC Listserv Guidance V 1.0 (PDF: 48 KB, 2 pages)

Resources for HistoryReturn to top of page

Visit our 'History of the EHO' page for a timeline of the history of the Environmental Health Officer category.

Resources for Marketing and RecruitmentReturn to top of page

EHOPAC Recruit an EHO (RAE) Program

The new RAE program includes the Adopt-a-School program and also the Event Recruitment program. The purpose of this program is to support the recruitment of qualified candidates for appointment as Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) into the USPHS Commissioned Corps. The Adopt-a-School program enables officers to recruit students enrolled in colleges and universities with accredited academic programs that qualify individuals for appointment into the EHO category. The Event Recruitment program enables officers to recruit professionals and students involved or attending environmental and occupational health and related organizations and associations who qualify for the EHO category. Please see the following documents for more information on RAE:

RAE Policy document - PDF File

RAE Event Recruitment Program Volunteer List - (PDF: 157K, 7 pages) Update from June, 2016

RAE Enrollment Form - Word File

Adopt-A-School Officer List - PDF File - Update from May, 2016

Please contact CDR Jamison Honeycutt at Jamison.honeycutt@ihs.gov for questions on the Event Recruitment program.

Please contact CDR Craig Ungerecht at craig_ungerecht@nps.gov for questions on the Adopt-a-School program.

Recruitment Brochures and Handouts

Resources for Boarded and Active Duty Officers

Securing Your First Assignment Brochure - Updated August, 2016 - (PDF: 372 KB, 2 pages) 

USAJOBS Introduction for Newly Boarded EHOsThis link goes to an external site - (PDF: 1.02 MB - 49 pages) 

FAQs for Newly Boarded EHOs - Updated August, 2016 - (PDF: 104 KB - 2 pages)

Resources for Recruiting

Benefits of Hiring a COSTEP Brochure (PDF: 265 KB, 2 pages)

The Environmental Health Officer Fact Sheet (PDF: 505 KB) 

EHOPAC Recruitment Presentation - Updated August, 2016 - (PPT: 4.4 MB - 22 slides) 

Cruise Ship Inspectors Work Hard So You Can Play Hard

Imagine a job where you get to travel to beautiful locations and spend time on cruise ships. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? But what if your job were to climb up and down ladders and into tiny spaces all over the ship, checking food, water, and sanitation facilities? That doesn't sound quite as glamorous. Read about Cruise Ship Inspectors on the JobThis link goes to an external site to learn more (PDF: 110 Kb, 3 pages).

The JrCOSTEP Program

Each year, the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) Category hires approximately 25-35 students for summer Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) positions. Most positions are with the Indian Health Service (IHS) in many different areas of the United States, including Alaska. Other agencies that typically hire one or two JRCOSTEPs per summer are: ATSDR, CDC, Coast Guard, and the National Park Service. The EHO category typically has 70-100 applicants for these positions; therefore, all positions are competitive. Most are undergraduate level, but there are several graduate students placed each year.

Resources for Students Interested in the JrCOSTEP Program

COSTEP Application Timeline - An application timeline for prospective USPHS JRCOSTEP applicants. - Updated September, 2016 - (PDF: 112 KB, 1page)

Valuable Tips for the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) - Updated September, 2016 - (PDF, 71 KB, 2 pages)

2015 JRCOSTEP Student Narratives

During the summer of 2015, 25 students from multiple colleges and universities participated in the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP). Of this group, 20 were assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS), 2 to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and 3 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH).

Narratives from the students assigned to the IHS can be found on the IHS Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) websiteThis link goes to an external site.

Narratives from students assigned to other Agencies:

ENS Josh Greenberg - California State University, Northridge (PDF: 21 KB, 2 pages) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Atlanta, Georgia 

 ENS Kyle Moller - Tulane University (PDF: 141 KB, 3 pages) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Anchorage, Alaska

If you are interested in the JRCOSTEP program please visit the Student Opportunities section of the United States Public Health Service website.

2017 Version

COSTEP Preceptor Guide

The Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee (EHOPAC) Mentoring & Orientation Subcommittee developed this guide to help prospective JRCOSTEP preceptors create a successful COSTEP experience.

This guide was written by a group of officers that have served as preceptors for COSTEPS. While each COSTEP experience will be different, this guide provides checklists and examples that can be used to help ensure that each COSTEP has an opportunity for a quality experience which could lead to a rewarding and productive career in USPHS. More information is available in the 2017 COSTEP Preceptor Guide - Updated March, 2017 - (PDF: 1.1 MB, 23 pages).

Resources for Mentoring and OrientationReturn to top of page

Online Signup for the Mentoring Program

New mentor and protégé applicants can now apply online at the link below. Simply create a new profile and be sure to select the EHO category when creating a profile. Also be sure to specify whether you are applying to be a mentor or a mentee. Once you are paired up, you will be notified via email by someone on the M & O subcommittee. If you PCS please remember to update your profile. 
http://mentor.usphs-hso.orgThis link goes to an external site

Mentor Topical Guideline

This guideline provides a list of topics that should be reviewed during the mentoring process. A detailed review of each topic may not be necessary depending on the Protégé's training and experience, e.g. completion of the Officer's Basic Course and/or mentorship by their supervisor. Click to view the Mentoring Topic Discussion GuidelineThis link goes to an external site (PDF: 28 KB, 3 pages).

Mentoring Brochure

The Mentoring and Orientation Program pairs experienced staff with recently-appointed staff to facilitate the transition into the US Public Health Service as an environmental health professional. Some of the topics in the program include:

  • Agencies and opportunities in the PHS
  • Awards
  • Billets and mobility
  • Career progression
  • Deployment readiness
  • Leave, pay and benefits
  • Maintaining your personnel file
  • Performance reviews
  • Promotions
  • Planning for retirement

Mentoring BrochureThis link goes to an external site (PDF: 380 KB, 2 pages).

Resources for Policies and StandardsReturn to top of page

Current EHO Appointment Standards

A candidate must possess one of the following qualifying degrees or a degree and professional certification:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Environmental Health from a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (NEHSPAC); see: http://www.ehacoffice.org/This link goes to an external site
  • Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree in Industrial Hygiene from a program accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET): see: http://www.abet.orgThis link goes to an external site
  • A master's degree or doctoral degree with a specialization in environmental health, occupational health, or industrial hygiene from a school of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health(CEPH): see http://www.ceph.org/This link goes to an external site
  • A bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in any field and one of the following:

See Commissioned Corps Instruction 231.03 link to http://dcp.psc.gov/eccis/documents/CCI2_3_1_03.pdfThis link goes to an external site (PDF, 112KB, 19 pages) Category Specific Appointment Standards for additional details. Environmental Health Officers are addressed in Section 6.6.

Please contact the chairperson with questions or comments on this page - CDR Derek Newcomer

Resources for ReadinessReturn to top of page

Please visit our "Readiness Resource" Site for readiness specific information, guides, and resources.

Resources for TrainingReturn to top of page

Please visit our 'Continuing Education' page for upcomming training opportunities.

Guidance on Transferability of Post 9/11 GI Education Benefits - Please reference the following documents for guidance on transferring Post 9/11 GI Educational Benefits

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