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Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Consider being part of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, one of the nation’s eight uniformed services — a branch committed to the service of health. Officers advance our nation’s public health by responding to regional, national and global health emergencies. The USPHS Commissioned Corps is comprised of officers from 11 distinct professional categories: dietitian, health service officer, environmental health officer, pharmacist, scientist, engineer, therapist, veterinarian, physician, dentist and nurse.

As an New York Medical College (NYMC) student, explore opportunities and serve in the Junior/Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (COSTEP).

As an alumnus/a, be part of the Ready Reserve Corps, an elite group of Commissioned Corps' ‘America’s Health Responders’ who promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the nation.

NYMC academic programs

School of Medicine

    • Doctor of Medicine

School of Health Sciences and Practice

    • Doctor of Physical Therapy
    • Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy Management
    • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
    • Master of Science in Bioethics
    • Master of Science in Biostatistics
    • Master of Public offers specializations in four areas:
      • Environmental Health
      • Epidemiology
      • Health Behavior and Community Health
      • Health in Health Policy & Management

Touro College of Dental Medicine

    • Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)

Graduate School of Biomedical Science

    • Various academic programs. Click here to see which apply.

Ready Reserve Corps 
Are you interested in serving your country on a part-time basis without having to move or leave your current civilian position? The Ready Reserve is an exciting opportunity for upcoming and recent graduates to serve on the frontlines of public health while starting their career. The Ready Reserve Corps offers an opportunity to serve for mission-driven clinical and public health professionals who cannot commit to a full-time active duty position in the Corps. Officers can hold civilian full-time jobs and train part-time one weekend per month and two weeks per year. USPHS Ready Reserve offers competitive benefits in addition to specialized training.

  • Not a full-time commitment; deployment no more than once every 4 months
  • Continual paid training in disaster response
  • Accession bonuses dependent based on specialty

Junior/Senior COSTEP Programs 
Are you interested in being paid to learn emergency management, disaster response and leadership skills? Are you interested in paid training over the summer alongside active-duty professionals? Students in health-related undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs, can train alongside active duty officers during their school breaks as part of the Junior COSTEP.

  • Participants are paid, and receive health benefits, housing and travel allowances
  • Programs last between 30 and 120 days
  • Participants become inactive public health service officers upon completing the program and can activate upon graduation
  • Paid training over the summer for M1/M2s with no obligation to join the USPHS upon graduation
  • Senior COSTEP (M4s) is a paid fast-track to the USPHS with an obligation to serve after residency

Ready to make an impact? Visit usphs.gov/apply or contact U.S. Public Health Service Captain Michelle Baker-Bartlett, MS CCC/SLP, BSN, RN at Michelle.Baker-Bartlett@hhs.gov.