Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Physician Professional Advisory Committee

USPHS History & Culture

Mission of the PHS CC

The mission of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation. As America's uniformed service of public health professionals, the Commissioned Corps achieves its mission through:

  • Rapid and effective response to public health needs
  • Leadership and excellence in public health practices
  • Advancement of public health science

Core Values of the PHS CC

Leadership:     Provides vision and purpose in public health through inspiration, dedication, and loyalty.

Service:           Demonstrates a commitment to public health through compassionate actions and stewardship of time, resources, and talents.

Integrity:          Exemplifies uncompromising ethical conduct and maintains the highest standards of responsibility and accountability.

Excellence:      Exhibits superior performance and continuous improvement in knowledge and expertise.


PHS Music

History of the PHS CC

Images of the PHS CC

Books and Publications about the PHS CC:

Knoben, James CAPT USPHS (Ret.), Knoben, Alice CDR USPHS

Public Health Service Officer’s Guid



Fortuine, Robert, CAPT USPHS (Ret) 

A Century of Adventure in Northern Health:  The Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in Alaska, 1879 – 1978


  • Published by the USPHS Commissioned Officers Foundation, 2006
  • Distributed by the University of Alaska Press
  • Copies available through COF for $18.95 each
  • Buy at Amazon


Mullan, Fitzhugh

Plagues and Politics


  • New York: Basic Books, 1989
  • Buy at Amazon


Furman, Bess

A Profile of the United States Public Health Service, 1798 – 1948


  • Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 1960
  • Buy at Amazon


Williams, Ralph C.

The United States Public Health Service, 1798 – 1950

  • Washington, D.C., Commissioned Officers Assoc. of the PHS, 1951
  • History, Mission, and Organization of the Public Health Service
  • DHEW Publication, July 1976
  • Buy at Amazon


A Common Thread of Service, An Historical Guide to HEW

  • DHEW Publication No. (OS) 73 – 45
  • Buy at Amazon

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