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Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences and Public Health

Bethesda, MD


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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences & Public Health

The School of Medicine Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health at Uniformed Services University offers students the chance to pursue a wide range of graduate degrees in a highly unique environment focused on a mission of service to the nation. While the University is open to military and civilian applicants alike, approximately fifty percent of the graduates are military officers who serve the federal biomedical enterprise. There is no application fee and no tuition. Civilian students do not incur service obligation to the United States government after the completion of the studies. USU provides financial support of approximately $44,900 per year for civilian students.  Textbooks are provided at no cost. The deadline to apply – December 1st

Key areas of strength in these Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health include infectious disease, neuroscience, and preventive medicine research. Students also join distinguished faculty in groundbreaking research pertaining to areas specific to the Department of Defense, such as combat casualty care or radiation biology.

The "America's Medical School" is Located Just Outside of Nation's Capital

Dubbed the "America's Medical School," Uniformed Services University was established by Congress in 1972 to provide medical and public health degrees with a focus on protecting those in the military. The School of Medicine Graduate Programs were established in 1980 to train basic scientists and public health practitioners.

The University is located just outside of Washington, D.C., in Bethesda, Maryland, in a park-like setting that is across the street from the National Institutes of Health and on the base campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Medical School with a Unique Mission

The School of Medicine Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health is part of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. The School of Medicine is accredited by the MSCHE and the LCME.

World-Class Research Facilities

Students in Uniformed Services University graduate programs enjoy access to state-of-the-art research facilities, either within each department or affiliated with the university to include The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) and The Murtha Cancer Center (MCC).

Degree Programs

Master's degree programs offered through the School of Medicine Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health cover a broad range of specialties, with degrees including a Master of Science in Public Health, Masters in Healthcare Administration and Policy, Master of Military Medical History, Master of Public Health, and Master of Tropical Health and Hygiene.

Doctor of Philosophy degrees (Ph.D.) are offered in Clinical Psychology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Molecular and Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Medical and Clinical Psychology, and Preventive Medicine and Biometrics. A combined MD/PhD Program is also offered.

Graduate Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases

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.

Graduate Program in Molecular & Cell Biology

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.

Graduate Program in Neuroscience

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.

Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology

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.

Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics

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 three years of experience in a health-related field. The Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) program prepares individuals for leadership roles in research, teaching, or policy development, with a particular emphasis on public health issues of global or military significance. Two 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; and Environmental Health Sciences, which includes environmental health science research particularly in the area of military-relevant exposure assessment.

Department of Medicine

In keeping with the Uniformed Services University's mission, the Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education (HPE) are designed to be the premier provider of health professions education for the Military Health System (MHS). Through leadership in teaching, research, and scholarship, the Graduate Programs in HPE provide direct benefit to the uniformed services and other federal agencies by producing a cadre of leaders with expertise in the field of health professions education.

The overarching goal of the Graduate Programs in HPE is to educate practitioners who will serve as academic leaders (e.g., deans, program directors, department heads) and will contribute to the continuous advancement of health professions education and research. Graduates of the program are uniquely situated to take major leadership roles within the MHS.

Interested candidates have three different program options:

  • Foundations in Health Professions Education (FHPE) 
    The FHPE is a certificate program designed to be a stepping stone toward the MHPE or PhD in HPE. 
  • Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE)
    The MHPE program is the cornerstone of the Graduate Programs in HPE; it provides broad scholarly experience in the theory and practice of HPE by providing learners with the opportunity to participate in a series of formal courses, conduct original research, and obtain practical experiences to further enhance their leadership and educator skills. 
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Professions Education (PhD in HPE) 
    The PhD in HPE is the highest academic degree one can attain at the University; it is meant to serve those select students who desire to be at the forefront of the scholarship, leadership, and teaching of health professions students and residents. Although a master’s degree (e.g., MHPE, MPH, MEd, or MS degree) is not a prerequisite for the PhD in HPE, it is highly desirable.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS) Preventive medicine and biometrics Healthcare administration and policy
Master of Science (MS) Medicine Health professions education
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Medical and clinical psychology Medical psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Medical and clinical psychology Clinical psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Molecular and cell biology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Medicine Health professions education
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Preventive medicine and biometrics Public health
Master of Public Health (MPH) Preventive medicine and biometrics Public health
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Neuroscience
Master of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (MTMH) Preventive medicine and biometrics Tropical medicine and hygiene
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Emerging infectious diseases
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Preventive medicine and biometrics Medical zoology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Preventive medicine and biometrics Environmental health sciences
Master of Science (MS) Molecular and cell biology

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 19
Doctoral Degrees 50

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Qualifying exam


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st Not reported Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans

Location & Contact

Address A1045 Graduate Education Office
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD  20814
United States
Contact Dr. Gregory Mueller
Associate Dean
Phone: 301-295-3507