Mission of Commissioned Corps
“Protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the nation”
The Commissioned Corps achieves its mission through rapid and effective response to public health needs, leadership and excellence in public health practices, and the advancement of public health science. As one of the seven Uniformed Service of the United States, the Corps is a specialized career system designed to attract, develop, and retain health professionals who may be assigned to Federal, State or local agencies or international organizations.
To accomplish the Corps' mission, the agencies/programs are designed to:
- Help provide healthcare and related services to medically underserved populations: to Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and to other population groups with special needs;
- Prevent and control disease, identify health hazards in the environment and help correct them, and promote healthy lifestyles for the Nation's citizens;
- Improve the Nation's mental health;
- Ensure that drugs and medical devices are safe and effective, food is safe and wholesome, cosmetics are harmless, and that electronic products do not expose users to dangerous amounts of radiation;
- Conduct and support biomedical, behavioral, and health services research and communicate research results to
health professionals and the public; and
- Work with other nations and international agencies on global health problems and their solutions.