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As per HHS Policy, all Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) and Chartered Advisory Group (CAG) websites must exist on federal servers.  To maintain compliance with this policy, the EHOPAC website has been migrated to the following location:


New Logo of the EHOPAC

Within the next month we plan to make it so that EHOPAC.org automatically redirects to the new site.

Due to some issues with also maintaining required 508 compliance for all materials posted on federal servers, some materials still exists at this site.  However, great care has been taken to make sure the new EHOPAC site references this site for those materials.  If you find that there are materials missing from the new site, please notify CDR Darren Buchanan at d This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a detailed explanation of what is missing and where you were able to find it on this site.

Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in the Commissioned Corps ensure public health and safety in a variety of domestic and international roles. EHOs serve in several U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) agencies providing basic environmental health services.

EHOs work assignments are diverse and numerous. Examples include epidemiological surveillance, disease prevention, radiological health, industrial hygiene, food safety, injury prevention and education, and emergency preparedness. During natural disasters and other emergencies, environmental health officers protect the public from environmental threats and help communities recover. As part of a committed cadre of approximately 375 EHOs, you will enjoy leadership opportunities, excellent benefits, and work/life balance, all while protecting and improving the health of the Nation.

The purpose of this document is to outline the Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee's (EHOPAC) plan to incorporate the Surgeon General's National Prevention Strategy (NPS).  EHOPAC members have the opportunity to demonstrate the NPS in their professional and personal life as highlighted herein.


EHOPAC National Prevention Strategy Implementation - PDF: 82 KB

The EHOPAC is a professional organization representing Environmental Health Professionals to the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service. It's members are Environmental Health Professionals selected from the various organizations within the Department of Health and Human Services and agencies that employ commissioned officers in the category.

According to historical documents, the Environmental Health Officer category was developed in the early 1940s during the reshaping of the U.S. Public Health service. The first sanitarians were called to active duty through legislation that took place over a two-year period, 1943 and 1944, in which two acts of congress extended the Surgeon General’s ability to include additional disciplines into the Commissioned Corps.

Since that time, Environmental Health Officers have played a significant role in improving health and quality of life in both domestic and international settings. They have been directly involved in many of the nations most significant public health successes and currently serve in over 11 agencies within the Federal Government. Additional officers are detailed throughout the US and abroad in positions critical to our nations public health security.

Environmental Health Officers are highly skilled professionals with qualifying degrees in Environmental Health & Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety & Health, or hold professional credentials as Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) or Health Physicists (CHP).

With 356 active duty officers in 2013, EHOs carry out a wide variety of activities in diverse settings. Examples include epidemiological surveillance, disease prevention, radiological health, industrial hygiene, food safety, injury prevention and education. With response roles that are ever evolving, EHOs respond during emergencies, such as natural disasters, to protect the public from environmental threats and assist with recovery efforts.

Since the inception of the category, Environmental Health Officers have continually demonstrated their commitment to “Advancing and Protecting the Nations Health”. Their multidisciplinary skillset fills a critical role in our nations public health system.