The MD/PhD Program was established to educate outstanding, dedicated, military officers as independent physician-scientists to carry out both clinical investigations and biomedical research in the basic sciences. We combine a rigorous basic science graduate curriculum with outstanding clinical training, and special integrated MD/PhD activities that qualify students for careers in academic medicine, biomedical and clinical research, as well as clinical practice.

Program Contact                                                            Robert Kortum, MD, PhD  

Graduates combine the advanced military medical training that can only be obtained at USU with exquisite scientific training in one of our three interdisciplinary graduate programs or in Public Health. This training gives graduates from our program the unique insight and decision-making abilities needed as future leaders in the Military Health System.



of students complete the MD/PhD program in seven years


years into program students get commissioned


military-relevant MD/PhD program disciplines (EID, MCB, NES, Public Health)



Program Highlights

Our students have the unique opportunity to complete clerkships at military hospitals around the country from psychiatry rotations in Hawaii to radiology rotations in San Antonio. The opportunity to work in hospitals all over ensures that students get the chance to work with every type of patient population in the military health system including veterans, active duty members, and children.


Students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research that spans numerous possibilities: basic science, clinical research, global health, etc. Particular focus areas relevant to military medicine include traumatic brain injury, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, emerging infectious and neglected tropical diseases, combat casualty care, substance abuse, genomics and precision medicine.


Students enter the program as civilian graduate students, and commission into their respective military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service) three years into their training. We've put together a timeline of what the process of commissioning looks like and what to expect.