USU at a Glance
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (800) 515-5257
At the Uniformed Services University, you will find a traditional academic health center with an additional mission that is unlike any other institution of learning--to provide the nation with health professionals dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service.
Education at the Uniformed Services University is unique in many ways. For one, students attending the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing learn in a multi-service environment. Although the differences between the Army, Air Force, Navy and Public Health Service are distinct, a sense of shared purpose distinguishes the students here and fosters a pervasive and inimitable spirit of teamwork.
Students do not incur the costly financial debt of traditional medical schools and graduate programs because their tuition is waived by the Department of Defense. Students also receive the full salary and benefits of a junior officer in exchange for a seven year service commitment.
The School of Medicine and Graduate School of Nursing curriculums are similar to their civilian counterparts, however, learning objectives harness specialized educational elements geared toward producing career uniformed officers.
Students attend year round and those in the School of Medicine receive 700 additional hours of education that focus largely on areas such as epidemiology, health promotion, leadership and field exercise, disease prevention and tropical medicine.
Approximately half of the students who matriculate into the Uniformed Services University have no prior military experience. Therefore, as part of their education, students learn the tenets of battlefield care by engaging in various field exercises. These memorable experiences introduce students to the challenges of practicing good medicine in harsh environments.
It began as a way for students to break in their combat boots, but has since evolved into a full-day military history lesson. First year medical and nursing students shoulder load bearing gear as they navigate six miles of countryside across the Antietam National Battlefield. The students are divided into companies and set out for landmarks where members of USU faculty and Civil War re-enactors await. At each designated station, medical experts give the historical facts of the extraordinary events that took place at each station, including the trials medical personnel face in the midst of raging battle.
Students are flown by helicopter to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania and over the next four days their skills as medical professionals are assessed in a simulated battlefield environment. Among the challenges-starting an IV in a field setting and triaging fellow service members while "under fire." Additionally, the training provides experience in critical military skills such as land navigation, hand-to-hand combat, firearms training and use of military vehicles and radios.
Smoke fills the night sky, voices of the "wounded" call out for help, and exploding bombs and gunfire stir turmoil on a mock battlefield at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Students are expected to bring order out of this chaos by locating and triaging the casualties, in the midst of a simulated mass casualty, under the watchful eye of USU faculty. The exercise augments lessons learned in USU classrooms and serves as the final exam for the Military and Contingency Medicine course, taken by all fourth-year School of Medicine students as well as some students in the Graduate School of Nursing.
Our students reflect the nation's best and brightest scholars, who have in them a deeprooted commitment to service, science, and the greater good. They come from all over the United States to pursue study at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing.
The university is fully engaged in providing visionary military and public health-relevant research opportunities. Our reputation as a worldwide center of excellence stems from expertise in areas such as post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, disaster medicine, infectious diseases, preventive medicine, tropical medicine and adaptation to extreme environments.
The Uniformed Services University is surrounded by park-like woodlands in Bethesda, Maryland. Our campus is adjacent to the National Naval Medical Center and across the street from the National Institutes of Health. USU's central location, in the heart of a bustling science community and just miles from Washington D.C., grants students unparalleled opportunities to work alongside renowned scientists in cutting edge laboratories.
In addition to the wonderful scholarship opportunities, students also engage in a variety of extracurricular activities that enrich the USU experience and enhance the diversity of campus life. Athletic activities such as soccer, rugby and hockey foster a healthy dose of friendly competition while student interest groups provide opportunities to learn about medical specialties like aerospace medicine, surgery, family medicine and undersea medicine. At USU there are many clubs and organizations that span a variety of hobbies and interests.