Health Services Category
Health Services Officers (HSOs) are one of eleven professional categories of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). HSOs contribute vitally to the health of the Nation and are an invaluable resource to the Office of the Surgeon General, the PHS, other governmental agencies, and the American public.
Health Services is the second largest PHS category with close to 1300 active duty officers who are involved in a wide variety of disciplines holding qualifying degrees from accredited clinical, scientific, technical, and administrative programs.
Disciplines represented within the Health Services category include biological, physical and environmental sciences, optometry, clinical psychology, social work, podiatry, medical technology, dental hygiene, medical records administration, physician assistant, information technology, health education, health care administration, and other public health specialties.
The HSO motto --“Multidisciplinary in Approach, Connected by Service, Advancing Public Health” -- attests to the wide range of skills and experience possessed by this multi-disciplinary team of officers and to their pride and commitment to serving in the Commissioned Corps.
The 10 Health Services Professional Advisory Groups are listed and accessible below: