USU currently offers Ph.D. degrees in three Interdisciplinary Programs:
USU also offers doctoral degrees in Departmentally-based Programs:
- PhD in Health Professions Education
- PhD in Clinical Psychology (CPM)* - Military Track
- PhD in Medical Psychology (MPC) - Civilian Track
- PhD in Clinical Psychology (CPC) - Civilian Track
- PhD in Public Health
- PhD in Environmental Health Sciences*
- PhD Medical Zoology
Some degree programs are limited to military students (indicated by *). The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the Medical School is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The Department of Defense, the USU Board of Regents, the President of USU, and the Dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, actively support and encourage graduate education in the basic medical sciences at USU.
This interdisciplinary program has two academic tracks within the field of emerging infectious diseases: microbiology and immunology, or preventive medicine/parasitology, with primary interest in the pathogenesis, host response, pathology and epidemiology of infectious diseases. Research training emphasizes modern methods in molecular biology, cell biology and interdisciplinary approaches.
This interdisciplinary Ph.D. program offers training to address many of the fundamental questions of modern biology ranging from protein-nucleic acid interactions to cytokines, growth factors, and developmental biology. Prospective students should have a background in biological or chemical sciences. Study for the M.S. degree is available to uniformed officers.
This is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program for students with strong training in the biological, behavioral, and/or physical sciences. Research includes development, regeneration, and plasticity in the nervous system, molecular neurobiology, and adaptive responses of the nervous system to stress, injury, and a changing environment. Integrated instruction in the development, structure, function and pathology of the nervous system and its interaction with the environment is provided.
Doctoral programs and research in medical psychology emphasize the application of psychology to behavioral medicine and to clinical psychology. Study in applied areas on the interface of health, psychology, and behavior, and in basic areas of psychology is offered. An American Psychological Association-accredited clinical psychology Ph.D. program is offered to selected members of the Uniformed Services and to civilians.
Graduate programs in public health are offered at the master's and doctoral levels. The Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (MTM&H), Master of Health Administration and Policy (MHAP) and the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) programs are designed for students with at least 3 years of experience in a health-related field. Three Ph.D. programs are offered: Medical Zoology, for students with a master's degree in entomology or parasitology who wish to pursue further study in field-oriented medical parasitology or vector biology; Environmental Health Sciences, which includes environmental health science research particularly in the area of military-relevant exposure assessment; and Public Health, an interdisciplinary degree intended to prepare graduates for practice based research in public health.
The mission of the PMB Graduate Programs in Public Health is to enhance and protect the health of members of the Uniformed Services by producing knowledgeable and highly skilled public health professionals and by promoting evidence-based policy making, research, and service initiatives that support the global mission of the Uniformed Services.
USU currently offers a M.D./Ph.D. program
(Only civilian applicants may apply. Current active duty military are not eligible for the MD/PhD program.)
Visit MD Admissions Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the M.D./Ph.D. program.
Contact for Information
Office of Medical School Admissions
Office of Graduate Education
The M.D./Ph.D. Program at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) was established to train outstanding, dedicated, military officers as independent physician-scientists to carry out both clinical investigations and biomedical research in the basic sciences. The Program combines a rigorous basic science graduate curriculum with outstanding clinical training, and special integrated M.D./Ph.D. activities that qualify students for careers in academic medicine, biomedical and clinical research, as well as clinical practice.
The decision to enter this Program is formidable and requires the student to dedicate 7-8 years to complete this challenging combination of medical and scientific training. Entering students must demonstrate a high level of preparedness, outstanding academic credentials, motivation and commitment to the goals of the Program. Matriculants to the M.D./Ph.D. Program must maintain all requirements necessary to be commissioned into the United States military throughout the Ph.D. portion of his/her training.
Financial Support and Military Service
Students admitted to M.D./Ph.D. Program will receive a federal salary for the first three years. In most cases, the M.D./Ph.D. student will be commissioned in the United States military as an O-1, at the end of the third year in the program. Commissioning will mark the beginning of the student's military service.
Application and Admission Procedures
Applicants interested in the M.D./Ph.D. Program will first apply directly to the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine using the Association of American Medical Colleges Application Services (AMCAS). Applicants from whom a secondary application to the M.D. program is requested will indicate their interest in the M.D./Ph.D. Program and return a completed USU PhD. Program application (GRE scores not required) along with the secondary Medical School application materials. The Admissions Committee for the Medical School Program will review the application and, if deemed acceptable for admission into the M.D. Program, forward the file to the Graduate Education Office. The Admissions Committee of the appropriate Graduate Program will review the graduate application and determine if the applicant is acceptable for the Ph.D. Program. If the applicant is not accepted into a Ph.D. Program, they may continue the medical school application process.
The curriculum combines and integrates the requirements for both the M.D. and the Ph.D degrees. The M.D./Ph.D. Program consists of three phases to be completed in seven to eight years. The first or Graduate Program phase will generally last three years. The M.D./Ph.D. student will complete this initial phase as a civilian, under the guidance of the Graduate Program director, thesis advisor, and M.D./Ph.D. Advisory Committee. The student will complete all required courses for the Ph.D. during the first and second years and many of the courses required for the first 2 years of the Medical School curriculum. The qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy will be taken at the end of the second year and a doctoral thesis proposal subsequently submitted to the thesis advisory committee. The third year will be a research year.
The transition phase begins after the third year and will last two years. The student will complete all requirements to be commissioned in the United States military and will attend Officer Basic Training. As a uniformed officer, the student will complete the remaining requirements of the first and second years of the Medical School curriculum. The student will also continue to spend significant time on thesis research, finalize the thesis project, and prepare and defend his/her doctoral dissertation.
The final phase of the M.D./Ph.D. Program is the clinical phase over the 6-7th years of the Program. The student will begin full participation in the Medical School curriculum and complete all required clinical rotations and clerkships. Subsequent to the completion of all requirements, the student will be awarded both the M.D. and the Ph.D. degrees and commissioned as an active duty officer (O-3) at commencement.
Please visit Medschool Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the M.D./Ph.D. program.