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Bureau of Health Professions

The Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) increases the Nation’s access to quality health care, especially for underserved people, by developing, distributing, and retaining a diverse and culturally competent health workforce.

Health Professions Training Grants

BHPr programs tackle a range of current health workforce challenges. There are numerous reports of shortages of primary care physicians, nurses, public health and allied health professionals.  The shortage of nurses is made worse by a critical shortage of faculty to provide training in nursing schools. The face of the Nation’s health care workforce does not currently reflect the diversity of the population it serves. 

The Health Professions Training programs make grants to health professions schools and training programs, which use the funds to develop, expand and enhance their efforts to train the health workforce America needs.

They include programs focused on increasing diversity, encouraging clinicians to practice in underserved areas, and preparing health care providers equipped to meet the needs of the aging U.S. population. Primary care medicine and dentistry, nursing, public health, psychology, allied health, and chiropractic training programs benefit from specific grant programs. BHPr also administers a scholarship for disadvantaged students and student loan programs for health professions schools.

Health Workforce Studies

Targeted workforce studies document and project shortages and other trends that influence the adequacy of the U.S. health care system to meet current and future needs. BHPr examines a broad range of issues that impact the supply, demand, distribution, and education of the Nation’s health workforce and provides policymakers with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the health professions workforce and provision of care. 

Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education

BHPr helps the nation's freestanding children's hospitals meet the costs of providing graduate medical education. Medicare supports other teaching hospitals meet those costs, but because children's hospitals treat almost no Medicare patients, they are not eligible for those funds.

National Practitioner Data Bank

The Data Bank improves health care quality, protects the public and reduces fraud and abuse. 

Did You Know?
  • The U.S. faces shortages of primary care physicians, dentists, nurses, public health and other health professionals.
  • Exacerbating the nurse shortage is a critical shortage of faculty to provide training in nursing schools. 
  • The Nation’s health care workforce does not currently reflect the diversity of the population that it serves. 
  • The aging of the population is a significant trend that requires retooling the health workforce to deal with geriatric issues.