Uniformed Services University
Graduate Education Office
Building A, Room A1045
4301 Jones Bridge Road Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Graduate Education Office
Toll Free: (800) 772-1747
Main: (301) 295-9474/3913
Fax: (301) 295-6772
Dr. Eleanor S. Metcalf, Ph.D.
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1972. Public Law 92-426 established the University, and authorized the establishment of a Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences. The first graduate student was admitted in 1977.
The Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences at USU have grown from a single graduate student enrolled in the Physiology Ph.D. Program to approximately 220 graduate students in 2010.
Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology
Department of Preventive Medicine
Master's degree programs are offered in:
Department of Medical History
Some degree programs 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.
USU is located in Bethesda, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Within walking distance of our university are the National Institutes of Health, the Naval Medical Research Institute, and the National Library of Medicine, located in a major national center for biomedical science and medicine. Also nearby are many fine restaurants www.marylandrestaurants.com, shops, and gathering places. Visit these web sites: for Maryland: www.mdisfun.org for Virginia www.virginia.org.
The USU campus itself is located on a large tract of land surrounded by park-like woodlands with paths used for walking, bicycling, rollerblading, and running. At the edge of the campus is the Medical Center Metro station. The Metro Subway system is one of the most modern in the country and can be used to gain ready access to the many cultural attractions of downtown Washington, D.C. and the associated suburbs (check out the sites above).
There is also major-league sports played at two recently completed stadiums: the MCI center and Federal Express Field. A few hours drive west from the University can take one to Shenandoah National Park or extensive wilderness and skiing areas in West Virginia. Several hours drive to the east and one reaches the beaches and inlets of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast, where sailing, water skiing, fishing, swimming and most other water sports are readily available. Closer to USUHS are also a variety of hiking and biking areas including the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal, Catoctin Mountain National Park, and the Rock Creek Parkway. Few places offer such variety in recreation.
The Learning Resources Center (LRC) is available to all graduate students at USU. Remote access is available to the LRC online collection of journals, books and databases. The LRC maintains numerous computers, printers, scanners etc. available for use. The LRC is part of a network of medical and scientific libraries throughout the nation and can obtain reprints from most scientific journals in the world.
Through an agreement between the President of USU and the Commanding Officer, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), USU graduate students may utilize recreation facilities on this base. These facilities include the gym, fitness center, outdoor recreation, gear, pool and much more. These facilities are only a short walk from the USU campus.
The Biomedical Instrumentation Center (BIC) provides and manages state-of-the-art equipment and services to enhance research and teaching efforts at the Uniformed Services University(USU). The BIC provides specialized services such as: synthesis and sequencing of nucleic acids and polypeptides; cell sorting and analysis; light and electron microscopy; lasers and laser optics; technical support in designing experimental set-ups with BIC equipment, etc.
The Service Desk is your first step in obtaining support for computer systems. The Service Desk uses the USU Service Desk Request system to track requests. By putting in a request for service through the Service Desk Request system, you ensure your request is tracked and worked on in the timeliest manner.
The Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM) Department provide assistance in the handling and care of animals. Other areas in the LAM are Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Surgery, and Veterinary Pathology. The LAM is a secure area and access to the facilities are restricted. As well, their web site is restricted to USU staff only.
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), which is the largest, most diverse, and oldest laboratory in the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, conducts research on a range of militarily relevant issues, including naturally occurring infectious diseases, combat casualty care, operational health hazards, and medical defense against biological and chemical weapons. WRAIR is the Department of Defense's lead agency for infectious disease research and a crucial source of research support for medical product development. Despite WRAIR's focus on the military, its research has been used to solve nonmilitary medical problems around the world. Its history is filled with the life-saving or life-enhancing discoveries of distinguished scientists.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. The goals of the agency are as follows: 1) foster fundamental creative discoveries, innovative research strategies, and their applications as a basis to advance significantly the Nation's capacity to protect and improve health; 2) develop, maintain, and renew scientific human and physical resources that will assure the Nation's capability to prevent disease; 3) expand the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences in order to enhance the Nation's economic well-being and ensure a continued high return on the public investment in research; and 4) exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science.