The Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Award honors PHSCC members who carried out service during 1998, the 200th anniversary of the Public Health Service program.
The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is the United States Public Health Service’s federal uniformed branch of service and falls under the aegis of the Department of Health and Human Services, led by the Surgeon General. The PHSCC traces its roots back to the establishment of the Marine Hospital Fund in 1798, which provided for the care of merchant sailors. Currently, the PHSCC is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. The PHSCC grants certain awards to its members to acknowledge meritorious service or accomplishments.
The ribbon is bisected by a vertical purple striped flanked on either side by a series of thin stripes in white, dark blue, red, dark blue, white, and dark green proceeding outward.