Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
Environmental Health Officers of the United States Public Health Service XXXXX University XXX Officer/Date Overview
Who are we? What do we do? How do you become an EHO? What are the benefits? Application challenges & considerations Words of Advice Q&A 2 Disclaimer
This presentation is for informational purposes only and is not a representation of any agency, department, office, or the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The information contained in this presentation is for general information purposes only. The information was compiled by the Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee (EHOPAC), and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to the views, opinions, and statements in this presentation, as they are subject to change. 3
Objectives Increase awareness of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) To learn about: Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) of the USPHS Requirements and procedure for JRCOSTEP and general active duty applications Benefits of the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Externship Program (JRCOSTEP) program and general active duty Identify resources for potential JRCOSTEP and active duty applicants
4 USPHS Commissioned Corps Executive Branch DOD DHHS DHS Commerce
Army USPHS Coast Guard NOAA Navy Air Force Marines 5
Mission and Leadership USPHS Mission: Protecting, Promoting, and Advancing the Health and Safety of the Nation Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams, MD, MPH 6
Commissioned Corps Officers Over 6,500 public health professionals Essential component of the largest public health and response program in the world Highly motivated with an attitude of service Desire to improve the health of humankind, both within and beyond our borders Enjoy the prospect of a highly varied and dynamic career 7
Duty Locations 8 Where We Are Assigned (Not all agencies and programs are represented) 9 Americas Health Responders
Examples of missions: Natural disasters Multi-state outbreak investigations Mass gathering events Terrorist attacks (9/11, Anthrax) International humanitarian assistance
International emergency response ops 10 Who Are Environmental Health Officers? (EHOs) 11 11 Categories Dental Officers Dietitian Officers Environmental Health Officers (EHO) Engineer Officers
Health Services Officers (HSO) Nurse Officers Pharmacy Officers Medical Officers Scientist Officers Therapist Officers Veterinarian Officers 12 What Do EHOs Do? Conduct a wide variety of activities Surveys, investigations, research, teaching and training, consumer education, technical assistance, regulatory
compliance, and codes and standards development. Respond to public health emergencies. Review and regulate medical products and devices. Conduct biomedical and epidemiological research. Ensure the safety of food, water, and milk supplies. Develop and monitor national health policies. 13 How Do You Become an EHO? 14 Opportunities
1. For Students Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Externship Program (JRCOSTEP) 2. For Job Seekers General active duty as commissioned officer 15 Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training & Extern Program Student Opportunities 16
Junior Commissioned Corps Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) Junior COSTEP (O1/Ensign) 17 JRCOSTEP Requirements Completion of: 2 years in an accredited bachelors program, or 1 year in an accredited masters or doctoral program for
Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, or Occupational Health Complete a 31 120 day tour Must return to school Free of any obligation or responsibility after graduation Meet medical and security clearances Complete Physical Fitness Test 18 JRCOSTEP Application Process Applicant calls PHS Call Center:
888-225-3302 Directed to the Learning Management System (LMS) online system if pass initial screening LMS: more screening/ obtain application materials Submit required materials Agency conducts screening interviews Next EHO JRCOSTEP To
Be Determined Medical & Security Screening Conducted Final Selections made Candidate commissioned *After clearing medical & security 19 JRCOSTEP Close-out 20
General Call to Active Duty Job Seekers 21 Vulnerable Populations The United States Public Health Service has committed to prioritizing service to domestic vulnerable populations. All new calls to active duty are limited to three federal agencies with direct service populations, and based off of the needs of the Corps: Indian Health Service (IHS)
Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 22 Indian Health Service - Intro Mission: to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Goal: to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people. Foundation: to uphold the Federal Government's obligation to
promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native people, communities, and cultures and to honor and protect the inherent sovereign rights of Tribes. 23 Indian Health Service Through shared decision making and sound public health measures, enhance the health and quality of life of all American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level by eliminating environmentally related disease and injury. DEHS Mission
https://www.ihs.gov/dehs/ 24 Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP Health Services Division The Health Services Division is responsible for medical, dental, and mental health (psychiatric) services provided to Federal inmates in Bureau facilities, including health care delivery, infectious disease management, and medical designations. The Division also coordinates the BOP's Safety Program (Occupational Safety, Environmental Health, and Life Safety
and Fire Protection), which ensures a safe, healthy environment for staff and inmates. Additionally, the Division manages the Food Service Program in BOP facilities. 25 Department of Homeland Security Intro The Department of Homeland Security Mission: With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. This mission is accomplished by several agencies within the Department with specific mission focuses: Prevent terrorism and enhancing security
Secure and manage our borders Enforce and administer our immigration laws Safeguard and secure cyberspace Ensure resilience to disasters 26 Department of Homeland Security Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States Coast Guard (USCG) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
27 Active Duty Requirements U.S. native or naturalized citizen Less than 44 years of age (may be adjusted based on eligible federal PHS civil service and uniform service active duty time) Less than 8 years of prior active duty service in any uniformed service other than the Commissioned Corps
Meet suitability, professional, medical, and security requirements 28 EHO Specific Active Duty Requirements Bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, or Occupational Health from an accredited program Bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in any field and
one of the following: Certification as an Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; see http://www.abih.org Certification as a Health Physicist by the American Board of Health Physics; see http://www.hps1.org/aahp/boardweb/abhphome.html 29 Officer Expectations Exemplify excellence in officership and leadership Become an expert in your field Advocate for public health
Wear the uniform daily with pride Readiness - Meet and maintain physical, suitability, professional, medical and security requirements Flexibility - opportunities are based on the needs of the Service and the Federal Agencies 30 EHO Application Window Opens *Next open window TBD
Applicant calls PHS Call Center: 888-225-3302 Active Duty Application Process Directed to the Learning Management System (LMS) online system if pass initial screening LMS: more screening/ obtain application materials Submit required materials
EHO Appointment Board Process Next EHO General Duty Application Window: To be determined Medical & Security Screening Conducted Candidate commissioned *With a job and meets all
requirements 31 Benefits 32 JRCOSTEP Benefits
Paid internship Paid relocation, if necessary Medical benefits Vacation days Field experience No obligation after graduation 33 Active Duty Benefits Salary/Competitive pay Increases with promotions and years of service
Full medical and dental Low-cost or no cost health and dental for dependents Veterans Administration benefits Leave 30 days of paid vacation per year Paid sick, maternity, and paternity leave 34 Active Duty Benefits Continued Retirement
New blended retirement system: legacy and personal contributions Thrift Savings Plan Military discounts Restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, museums Use of military commissaries and exchanges Post-9/11 GI Bill Plus, you always know what you are going to wear to work! 35 Challenges & considerations Navigating the process
Helpful Tips Get familiar with the application process: Visit the USPHS website: www.usphs.gov/apply Contact the USPHS Call Center (1-888-225-3302) Email questions to [email protected] Submit your application early Send all required application components Keep copies of your application Understand and meet eligibility requirements Follow up! 37
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