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The Environmental Health Officer Mentoring and Orientation Subcommittee is responsible for maintaining the Environmental Health Officer Resource Book and for coordinating the Environmental Health Officer Mentoring Program. They are also responsible for developing mentor resource materials and providing periodic mentor orientation and training.

Have questions about becoming a mentor?  Please contact the Mentoring Subcommittee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Online Signup for the Mentoring Program:

New mentor and protégé applicants can now apply online at the link below.  Simply create a new profile and be sure to select the EHO category when creating a profile.  Also be sure to specify whether you are applying to be a mentor or a mentee.  Once you are paired up, you will be notified via email by someone on the M & O subcommittee.  If you PCS please remember to update your profile.


Mentor Topical Guideline:
This guideline provides a list of topics that should be reviewed during the mentoring process. A detailed review of each topic may not be necessary depending on the Protégé's training and experience, e.g. completion of the Officer's Basic Course and/or mentorship by their supervisor. Click here to view the Mentoring Topic Discussion Guideline  (PDF: 28 KB, 3 pages).


Mentoring Brochure:
The Mentoring and Orientation Program pairs experienced staff with recently-appointed staff to facilitate the transition into the US Public Health Service as an environmental health professional. Some of the topics in the program include:

  • Agencies and opportunities in the PHS
  • Awards
  • Billets and mobility
  • Career progression
  • Deployment readiness
  • Leave, pay and benefits
  • Maintaining your personnel file
  • Performance reviews
  • Promotions
  • Planning for retirement

Click here to view the Mentoring Brochure  (PDF: 380 KB, 2 pages).

COSTEP Preceptor Guide:
The Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee (EHOPAC) Mentoring & Orientation Subcommittee developed this guide to help prospective JRCOSTEP preceptors create a successful COSTEP experience.

This guide was written by a group of officers that have served as preceptors for COSTEPS. While each COSTEP experience will be different, this guide provides checklists and examples that can be used to help ensure that each COSTEP has an opportunity for a quality experience which could lead to a rewarding and productive career in USPHS. Click here to view the COSTEP Preceptor GuideĀ  (PDF: 304 KB, 25 pages).