HHS Offices and Agencies in Which Commissioned Corps Officers Serve
The Commissioned Corps is an essential component of the largest public health program in the world. Corps officers may apply to a variety of positions throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and certain non-HHS Federal agencies and programs that offer exciting professional opportunities in the areas of disease control and prevention; biomedical research; regulation of food, drugs, and medical devices; mental health and drug abuse; health care delivery; and international health. Corps officers may apply to vacancies within the following organizations. Contact information for each Commissioned Corps liaison follows agency descriptions. Applicants to the Corps are encouraged to subscribe to the Commissioned Corps Jobs Listeserv, located at http://dcp.psc.gov/v_maillist. Jobs will continue to be posted to this listserv for all who have subscribed.
HHS Offices and Agencies in Which Commissioned Corps Officers Serve
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Food and Drug Administration
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Indian Health Service
- National Institutes of Health
- Office of Public Health and Science
- Office of the Secretary
- Program Support Center
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Non-HHS Agencies/Programs in Which Commissioned Corps Officers Serve
- District of Columbia Commission on Mental Health Services
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Park Service
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS)
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Marshals Service
HHS Agencies (Often referred to as Operating Divisions [OPDIVs])
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ supports research designed to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its costs, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to effective services. The research sponsored, conducted, and disseminated by AHRQ provides information that helps people make better decisions about health care.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
ATSDR's mission is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment. Commissioned Corps officers work throughout the agency in positions varying from scientific to managerial. Although a majority of officers within the agency are environmental health officers or engineers, officers from almost every category are assigned to ATSDR.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC's mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. CDC works with national and international partners to monitor health, detect and investigate health problems, conduct research to enhance prevention, develop and advocate sound public health policies, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors, foster safe and healthful environments, and provide leadership and training. CDC also has a major role in protecting the public from biological or chemical terrorism. Commissioned Corps officers are assigned to programs throughout the agency in positions varying from beginning Epidemiology Intelligence Service officers to senior management. More than half of the medical officers within the Commissioned Corps are assigned to CDC.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA, one of our Nation's oldest consumer protection agencies, ensures the safety of foods and cosmetics and the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biological products, and medical devices. Its employees monitor the manufacture, import, transport, storage, and sale of about $1 trillion worth of products each year. Commissioned Corps officers from all professions are assigned to the FDA and serve in various capacities to advance the agency's mission.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
HRSA directs national health programs that improve the Nation's health by assuring equitable access to comprehensive, quality health care for all. It works to improve and extend life for people living with HIV/AIDS, provide primary health care to medically underserved people, serve women and children through State programs, and train a health workforce that is both diverse and motivated to work in underserved communities.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a major component of HHS, was created in 1977 to bring together the two largest Federal health care programs—Medicare and Medicaid. CMS also now administers other major programs such as the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA); and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The mission of CMS is to ensure health care security for its beneficiaries.
Indian Health Service (IHS)
IHS is the principal Federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to more than 550 federally recognized tribes in 35 States. It provides comprehensive health care services, including preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and environmental.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is the Nation's medical research agency. Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every State and throughout the world. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease, as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases. As a part of the NIH community, Commissioned Corps officers in all categories contribute to vital research efforts that can improve health globally.
Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS)
The OPHS is under the direction of the Assistant Secretary for Health, who serves as the senior advisor on public health and science issues to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The office serves as the focal point of leadership and coordination in public health and science across HHS; provides direction to program offices within OPHS; and provides advice and counsel to the Secretary on public health and science issues.
Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is our Nation's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The department includes more than 300 programs covering a wide spectrum of activities, such as health and social science research; prevention of mental illnesses, substance abuse, and other health disorders; and medical preparedness for emergencies, including potential terrorism. The Office of the Secretary oversees program missions and accomplishments and coordinates a budget that accounts for almost one-fourth of all Federal expenditures. Commissioned Corps officers work within the Office of the Secretary as expert advisors within their fields.
Program Support Center (PSC)
The PSC provides products and services on a competitive, fee-for-service basis to customers throughout HHS, as well as to approximately 13 other executive departments and 18 independent Federal agencies. Commissioned Corps officers support the PSC primarily in the areas of human resources, health care, and administrative services.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA works to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (formerly the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness) serves as the Secretary's principal advisory staff on matters related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. ASPR also coordinates interagency activities between HHS, other Federal departments, agencies, offices and State and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
Non-HHS Agencies in Which Commissioned Corps Officers Serve
District of Columbia Commission on Mental Health Services (CMHS—formerly St. Elizabeth's Hospital)
The CMHS works toward establishing a community-based system of care for individuals in Washington, DC, who experience mental health problems.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA implements the Federal laws designed to promote public health by protecting our Nation's air, water, and soil from harmful pollution through proper integration of a variety of research, monitoring, standard-setting, and enforcement activities. EPA coordinates and supports research and anti-pollution activities of State and local governments, private and public groups, individuals, and educational institutions. EPA also monitors the impact of other Federal agencies on the environment.
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
The mission of BOP, as part of the U.S. Department of Justice, is to protect society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens. Commissioned Corps officers work for the Health Services Division and provide and manage a variety of physical and mental health care services.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA, under the auspices of the Department of Commerce, is one of the seven uniformed services, and is responsible for conducting research and gathering data about the global oceans, atmosphere, and space. NOAA predicts changes in the earth's environment, forecasts weather patterns, and warns of dangerous weather; charts the seas and skies; and guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources. Commissioned Corps officers provide health care services to NOAA commissioned officers, NOAA Wage Marine personnel, and certain retirees and their dependents.
National Park Service (NPS)
NPS was established to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the national parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. It administers more than 378 national parks, monuments, historic sites, and other areas covering almost 80 million acres. Commissioned Corps officers (primarily environmental health officers and engineers) provide consultative services to the NPS.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA enhances the quality of life for Americans by ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply; caring for agriculture, forest, and rangelands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world. Commissioned Corps officers work within the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and help the USDA respond to foodborne disease outbreaks, investigate food security threats, and develop measures to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses.
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
The mission of the Department of Defense (DoD) is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the Nation. This is accomplished through the coordinated efforts of the defense agencies and military services. Commissioned Corps officers are detailed to DoD facilities to support a range of medical and mental health services, as well as administrative functions.
TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) has limited opportunities. If interested please contact:
Division of Commissioned Corps Recruitment Call Center 800–279–1605
Behavioral Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative has many opportunities throughout the United States. Please review this website location for more details http://www.usphs.gov/Articles/Dodx. If interested please contact:
LCDR Christopher Dunbar [email protected] or 240-453-6045
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Established in 2002, DHS is charged with mobilizing and organizing a unified national effort to secure America against terrorist attacks and to protect against and respond to threats and hazards to our Nation. In carrying out this mission, DHS works to ensure safe and secure borders, welcome lawful immigrants and visitors, and promote the free flow of commerce. Commissioned Corps officers work throughout DHS agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Customs and Border Protection, to help ensure the safety, health, and well-being of all persons on American soil.
U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
USMS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), protects the Federal courts and ensures the effective operation of the judicial system; including the security, health, and safety of government witnesses and their immediate dependents and housing and transporting prisoners in Federal custody until they are either acquitted or delivered to their designated Federal prison. Commissioned Corps officers work in four USMS program areas as:
Flight nurses aboard the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) aircraft
Coordinators of the JPATS movement of prisoners with health problems
Managers of prisoner health care issues in the Office of Interagency Medical Services
Providers of medical support to the USMS Special Operations Group, an elite group of highly trained Deputy U.S. Marshals who respond as teams to national emergencies and perform special law enforcement missions.
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