Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal
|Public Health Service Achievement Medal|
|Awarded by Public Health Service|
|Type||Medal and ribbon|
|Next (higher)||Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Equivalent||Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals|
|Next (lower)||Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal|
Ribbon of PHS Achievement Medal
The Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal is the highest decoration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
The Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to recognize "exceedingly high level of achievements, which may range from the management of a major health program to an initiative resulting in a major impact on the health of the nation." The medal may also be awarded for a single act of heroism resulting in the saving of life, health, or property.
- "Division Staff - Commissioned Corps. - Awards Criteria". Ihs.gov. Retrieved 2012-09-26.