Active duty or civilian (Administratively Determined or GS employee) healthcare professionals who work at a Military or Federal Treatment Facility are eligible to apply for an HPE certificate or degree. CHPE also admits learners through established Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with various institutions. For example, CHPE currently has an MOU with Veterans Affairs (VA) that allows national faculty to be admitted into the certificate program on a space-available basis.

First-time applicants to an HPE graduate program should follow the application instructions below. Current HPE learners or HPE learners who graduated within the last three years should email CHPE@usuhs.edu to inquire about modified instructions. 

Please note that all completed applications and materials are due by Nov. 1**.


Starting Your Online Application

Fill out an electronic application in Empower, USU's Self-Service Platform, which includes uploading required documents, and submitting three names and email addresses for recommendation letters. Please have this information ready before you begin.

  1. Click here to go to the “Online forms/Apps” USU Empower page.

  2. Click on the link “3.1Graduate Programs in Health Professions Ed"

Previous Education

Please only list institutions where you received a degree, and omit institutions where you may have only taken a few courses. This includes complete college transcripts and transcripts of all previous graduate studies (if applicable). Note that once an institution is listed, you must provide a transcript for it.


  1. Contact each institution and request that transcripts be sent to USUtranscript@usuhs.edu (preferred), or mailed to: 
    Office of the University Registrar-Building 79
    Uniformed Services University
    4301 Jones Bridge Road
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  2. USU graduates will still need to request that transcript by contacting registrar@usuhs.edu and requesting the USU transcript be added to the application.
  3. Applicants who have a doctorate-level degree and currently hold a faculty appointment at USU, can provide their USU Faculty Appointment letter and a photo of their Doctorate diploma, in place of transcripts.  These materials should be emailed to USUTranscript@usuhs.edu.

Recommendation Letters
Enter three names and email addresses into the “Recommendation Letters” section.”

Your letter writers should receive an automated email request; however, we recommend you contact them to confirm that they received the request. Letters may also be emailed to USUTranscript@usuhs.edu.

Important:  One of the three letters must be from the applicant’s direct supervisor. The supervisor letter should explicitly state that 1) they are your supervisor, and that 2) they approve your participation in the program for which you are applying.

Document Attachments

Submit the following, required documents into the Empower application electronically, as instructed (preferred), or send to USUTranscript@usuhs.edu:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Personal Statement:  *You are welcome to apply for more than one degree. Please indicate your first and second choice options in your personal statement.
  3. Research Statement: To be completed by degree-seeking applicants only.
  4. OPTIONAL: CHPE Proposal Form for the desired program: 


**Note: The following dates indicate when the online Empower application window is open; however, all applications will be reviewed after the Nov. 1 deadline with limited exceptions.

  • I-FHPE/FHPE Certificate Program Application Window: Feb. 15 - May 1;  July 1 - Aug. 10;  Sept. 1 - Nov. 1
  • MHPE, MEd-HPE, & PhD Degree Program Application Window: Sept. 1 - Nov. 1