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The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Each year, the Indian Health Service (IHS) sponsors two medical students to attend the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. The USUHS mission is to train, educate and prepare uniformed services health professionals, officers and leaders to support the military health system; US national security and national defense strategies; and the readiness of our armed forces. Physicians are trained in several primary care specialties and provide direct health care and disease prevention services.
A USUHS education is at no cost to the student. Participants can draw a full salary and rank as a junior officer while attending the 4-year medical school program. In return, USUHS graduates commit to a 10-year service commitment with the US Public Health Service in a high-priority site designated by the Director, IHS.
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences includes the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, graduate programs in biomedical sciences and public health and postgraduate dental college. As of 2014, there are 691 students in the medical school, with 5,043 graduates; 163 in the nursing school, with 663 graduates; 224 in the graduate programs, with 1,365 graduates; and 130 in the postgraduate dental college, with 72 graduates.
Degrees earned from the nursing school are:
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Degrees earned from the graduate programs include:
- Doctor of Public Health (DPH)
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
- Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
IHS funds one to two medical students annually to attend the USUHS. In exchange, recipients fulfill a 10-year service commitment to the IHS and the US Public Health Service (USPHS).
For more information, visit the USUHS website.