College of Allied Health Sciences

CAHS Contact Information

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Southern Region Campus
2787 Winfield Scott Road, Bldg 2398
JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7510


Lula Westrup Pelayo

Lula Westrup Pelayo, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Brigade Senior Enlisted Leader, Brigade Commander

USU Azaleas

About the College of Allied Health Sciences

The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) of the Uniformed Services University (USU) was Chartered by Health Affairs in October of 2016 after receiving approval from the USU Board of Regents.  Authorization for undergraduate study was authorized by Congress in December of 2016. 

The CAHS exists to support the ever-increasing education and training requirements that are prerequisite to professional practice within the Military Health System (MHS) of the Department of Defense (DoD).  An added benefit of meeting these requirements is that these competencies and credentials translate directly to the civilian sector. 

The mission of the USU-CAHS is to educate and train highly competent personnel qualified and dedicated to serving the needs of the uniformed services and the United States.

The CAHS places a high priority on the special training needs of military medical personnel in contingency, Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), combat, and deployment healthcare, as well as peacetime healthcare.

The CAHS will fulfill the mission established by the Department of Defense and will meet the standards established by the relevant programmatic accreditation bodies for accreditation of respective educational programs for all degree programs as required and requested by the Services.

Train for the Mission, Educate for a Lifetime!


The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) administers two undergraduate degree programs.  These are the Associate of Science in Health Sciences (ASHS) and the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS).  These degree plans are designed to accommodate a variety of health science specialties and are composed primarily of coursework required of professionally accredited disciplines of study that are mandated for credentialed practice within the Military Health System (MHS).