Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Health Services Officer Professional Advisory Committee

Discipline Specific Deployment Roles, Competencies and Trainings

The Health Information Technology Professional Advisory Group (HITPAG) discipline specific roles with their competencies and related education and trainings requirements can be found below:

Computer/IT Support

Computer/IT Support: Support the infrastructure setup during various PHS deployment activities through active involvement in the preparation of team duties.


  • Proficiency working with multiple computer platforms
  • Expertise with common mobile devices, apps, and other hardware devices
  • Able to produce documents/reports using Microsoft Office Suite


  • Bachelor of Science or Master’s Degree in computer science or related field
  • Desktop support certifications
  • Previous experience with PHS warehouse IT and Communications cache
  • Member of USPHS deployment team is preferred but not required

GEO Health

GeoHEALTH is ASPR's secure Geographic Information System (GIS) based, electronic, interactive mapping application. This application incorporates information from other federal and public agencies (e.g., NOAA, USGS and NGOs) into a single visual environment for enhanced situational awareness, assessment, and management of resources for planning, response to natural, man-made or pandemic events. This system supports functions such as policy analysis, planning, course of action comparison, incident management, and training.



The Joint Patient Assessment and Tracking System (JPATS) is a “Web App” that is part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Disaster Medical Information Suite (DMIS) that is designed to track every patient moved by the federal government from start to finish. It can run on any web browser and is simple to use in the field.


Logistics: Onsite support of mission through use of communication, transportation, working side by side with deployment team branches to provide needs of the entire mission.


  • Integrate with onsite support staff to provide needs for the incident
  • Manage support needs for the incident such as ordering supplies, transportation, equipment maintenance, food service, medical services, etc, for incident personnel.
  • Advises the Incident Commander on logistical matters
  • Develops the operating plan for Logistics Section
  • Ability to think on demand and come up with quick solutions
  • Be able to multitask, be flexible


Admin/Finance: Supports accounting for funds used during the response and recovery aspect of the disaster as well as monitor costs related to the incident and provide accounting analyses.


  • Manage all financial, administrative, and cost analysis aspects of an incident
  • Maintain daily contact with agency administrative headquarters on finance and administration matters
  • Meets with assisting and cooperating agency representatives
  • Advises the Incident Commander on financial and administrative matters
  • Develops the operating plan for the Finance/Administration Section
  • Coordinates finances at the local level
  • Establishes or transitions into an existing Finance/Administration Section
  • Supervises and configures section with units to support as necessary


Planning: Coordinates support activities for incident planning as well as demobilization planning; coordinates information activities across the response system


  • Manage all aspects of the Planning Section, (covering prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas)
  • Manage the preparation of strategies & plans for the incident
  • Submit incident status reports
  • Prepare, collects, evaluates, disseminates, and uses incident information to develop the Incident Action Plan
  • Facilitate incident information to maintain situational awareness (current and future)
  • Provide periodic predictions on incident potential and incident course of actions
  • Coordinate planning efforts at the local level
  • Establish or transition into the Planning Section
  • Supervise and configure section with units and single resources as necessary
  • Activities that support the incident management process, including completing the incident action plan and support plans and accomplishing incident information processing. This contrasts with preparedness planning, which is designed to ready a system for response. Responsible for training deployed officers to ensure they are indoctrinated into their area of operations.



ICS 300 is coordinated by local Emergency Management Agencies, please contact them directly for course offerings in your area. Contact information for State or Territorial Emergency Management Agencies can be found at

ICS 400 is coordinated by local Emergency Management Agencies, please contact them directly for course offerings in your area. Contact information for State or Territorial Emergency Management Agencies can be found at

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