Although the Uniformed Services University was chartered by an act of Congress on September 21, 1972, the university story really begins decades earlier.
Founding members began the daunting task of actualizing the university. The first order of business was to ensure USU was a center of academic and scientific excellence.
The mission of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is to educate, train and prepare uniformed services health professionals, officers and leaders to directly support the Military Health System, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States, and the readiness of our Armed Forces.
The University's research program covers a range of clinical and other topics important to both the military and public health. Infectious diseases, trauma medicine, health maintenance, and cancer are areas of particular strength. Researchers are also making important new efforts in state-of-the-art fields that cut across disciplines, such as genomics, proteomics, and drug-delivery mechanisms.Research at USU is administered through the Office of Research or by grant agreements with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine or other non-profit foundations.
Graduates are capable of developing and managing an occupational health program for military and civilian personnel anywhere in the world. Graduates are often leaders of the safety and occupational health team and they are aware of their duties and responsibilities to the other members of the occupational health team.
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Military housing is available to military students at some of the military installations in the area. On-base living puts you in a safe community close to frequently used military services (exchanges, commissaries, hospitals, daycare, etc.) and with other military families. Some people appreciate that environment, while others prefer living out in the civilian community.
The Learning Resource Center provides world-class and worldwide access to current, comprehensive, and historical medical information sources; educates users on the most efficient research methods, resources, and management; facilitates users’ technology experiences; and preserves and provides access to University scholarship.
The University is located just outside of the nation's capital in Bethesda, Maryland. This central location makes it easy for students to take advantage of the cultural offerings of a thriving metropolis. Home to some of the nation's top attractions — including national monuments, premiere museums, and top-rated restaurants — Washington D.C. is a city brimming with activity.Furthermore, the campus itself is located among beautiful woodlands. The park-like setting offers a welcome break from the rigors of graduate school with its many nearby hiking and biking trails.Students also benefit from learning in a multiservice environment.
A full complement of extracurricular activities — including student clubs, athletic teams and social gatherings — helps to enrich the student experience.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally. This is the Commission that will consider USU for institutional reaccreditation in 2013.
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