The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), works to ensure all American Indian and Alaska Native people receive comprehensive health care services and all Indian health facilities are staffed with well trained, compassionate, committed health care professionals. IHS offers health care professionals an extraordinary career opportunity to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care in a variety of disciplines and health care facility settings. An Indian health career offers dedicated practitioners a chance to live and work within Native communities, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn the heritage of the Tribe, discover the traditions that have been carried down for generations and gain cultural insight into the beliefs and values of this deserving and appreciative patient population.
IHS is hiring physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health professionals, offering three distinct career paths — the federal civil service, Tribal/Urban Indian hire or through the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Applicants must be US citizens, board eligible and board certified. The IHS Division of Health Professions Support (DHPS) provides for the education, recruitment and retention of health care professionals through the IHS Scholarship Program, the IHS Extern Program and the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP). For more information, visit ihs.gov/careeropps.