Among all accredited medical schools in the United States, only the School of Medicine at USU can rightfully claim the title, “America’s Medical School.” Named for the Louisiana Congressman who championed its creation, the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine was established in 1972 to assure that the Army, Navy, Air Force, and U.S. Public Health Service would have a steady supply of physician-leaders to provide the backbone for their medical corps.

Since our first graduating class of just 29 students to the now more than 8,000 USU School of Medicine alumni, our graduates are not simply doctors, researchers and scholars; they are leaders, innovators, and public servants committed to a mission far greater than themselves. They serve in vital capacities of biomedicine, and many hold key leadership positions critical to the successful operation of the military and public health systems. The roles of our graduates are diverse and far reaching, including heading terrorism and emergency response teams, serving in the White House Presidential medical detail, commanding major Military Treatment Facilities, and conducting vital research across all disciplines of medicine.

As physicians, scientists, and health practitioners in an ever-changing world, we are constantly striving to build on the legacy of excellence we have created over the decades. Through our world-class education and unique training opportunities, our impactful research, and our commitment to service, we stand ready to tackle the most pressing military, public, and global health challenges.

Driven by our motto, "Learning to Care for Those in Harm's Way," “America’s Medical School” is a rising force in military health, biomedical research, medical education, global health engagement, and health care leadership.

Learn More About USU

USU typically has two Open House and two Virtual Open House dates a year for potential students to learn more and ask current students about their experience choosing  USU.

Open House

The military has a legacy of medical innovation and USU is a vital part of groundbreaking discoveries, patents, and surgeries that have transformed both military and civilian healthcare.

Military Readiness

Hear from Dean Elster about the future of military healthcare and the program that is providing so many first generation college students an opportunity to be a doctor with a purpose.

Dean's Message


Staff and Faculty of the School of Medicine respect and value diversity. Diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences spur innovation and understanding which is a force multiplier in the learning and research environment. That’s why we seek students, staff and faculty who have diverse viewpoints and life experiences, come from different service and occupational backgrounds, hail from different parts of the country, follow different faith traditions, and represent different racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic groups.

The Office of Diversity exists for the sustainment and education of diverse students in the School of Medicine. We have on-going communications with prospective students, faculty, and members of the medical academic community to help bring awareness to underrepresented minorities of the opportunities at USU.




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At “America’s Medical School” we RISE to every challenge. We are a rising force in military health, biomedical research, medical education, global health engagement, and health leadership.


We respect our students, staff, faculty, patients, and diversity. Those privileged to hold positions of authority must never use their power over others to demean, harass, or exploit.


We don’t lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. Our patients expect us to be honest with them; so do our classmates, professors, and colleagues.


We are committed to ensuring that students, faculty, staff, contractors, and campus guests are safe from physical harm, threats, and other behavior intended to coerce, demean, or intimidate.


We demand excellence in military medicine and public health during periods of peace and war in the classroom, military hospital, laboratory, or battalion aid station on the other side of the world. Nothing less is acceptable.




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