Public Health Service Agencies; USU

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

  • The mission of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) is to educate, train, and prepare uniformed services health professionals, scientists, and leaders to support the Military and Public Health Systems, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States, and the readiness of the Uniformed Services.
  • Read USU Strategic Framework
  • Overview excerpted from the USU website:
    • The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is the nation’s federal health professions academy.  Students are not charged tuition; they repay the nation for their education through service.
    • USU’s curricula and educational experiences are similar to those of civilian academic health centers, with one important difference: its emphasis on military health care, leadership, readiness and public health.
    • The F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine offers doctorate degrees in medicine, doctorate and master’s degrees in public health and related disciplines, doctorate degrees in medical and clinical psychology, and interdisciplinary Ph.D. degrees in three military-relevant areas of science: molecular and cell biology, neuroscience and emerging infectious diseases.
    • To enroll, students must be U.S. citizens and have a bachelor’s degree.
    • Medical students are commissioned as junior officers in their chosen service — Army, Navy, Air Force or U.S. Public Health Service.

U.S. Public Health Service

  • Within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), eight agencies are designated components of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS).  
    • The PHS agencies are funded primarily with annual discretionary appropriations.  They also receive significant amounts of funding from other sources, including mandatory funds from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), user fees, and third-party reimbursements.  (Excerpted from:  CRS: Public Health Service Agencies: Overview and Funding (FY2016-FY2018)  

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