Apply to Work at HHS
The Department is responsible for administering a wide variety of health and human services and conducting life-saving research for the nation. We manage over 300 programs that enhance the health and well-being of others. To learn more about the Operating and Staff Divisions that are responsible for implementing and managing our programs, please review the mission, goals and program areas to see what agency fits your professional and personal goals.
Office of the Secretary (OS) | Headquarters: Washington, DC
Example Opportunities: Public Health Advisor, International Public Health Analyst, and Paralegal Specialist
Mission: To help provide the building blocks that Americans need to live healthy, successful lives. We fulfill that mission every day by providing millions of children, families, and seniors with access to high-quality health care, by helping people find jobs and parents find affordable child care, by keeping the food on Americans’ shelves safe and infectious diseases at bay, and by pushing the boundaries of how we diagnose and treat disease.
Commissioned Corps | Headquarters: Washington, DC
Example Opportunities: Doctor, Veterinarian, Dentist, Engineer
Mission: The mission of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation. As America's uniformed service of public health professionals, the Commissioned Corps achieves its mission through: Rapid and effective response to public health needs, Leadership and excellence in public health practices and Advancement of public health science.
Administration for Children and Families (ACF) | Headquarters: Washington, DC
Example Opportunities: Head Start Program Specialist, Management Analyst
Mission: To foster health and well-being by providing federal leadership, partnership, and resources for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services. ACF grant programs lead the nation in strengthening economic independence and productivity and in enhancing quality of life for people across the life span.
Administration for Community Living (ACL) | Headquarters: Washington, DC
Example Opportunities: Administrative Assistant, Elder Care Information Specialist
Mission: To maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the life span, and their families and caregivers. ACL includes the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in a single agency, with enhanced policy and program support for both crosscutting initiatives and efforts focused on the unique needs of individual groups such as children with developmental disabilities, adults with physical disabilities, or seniors, including seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) | Headquarters: Rockville, MD
Example Opportunities: Health Research Scientist, Health Analyst, Research Criteria Specialist
Mission: To produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, and more affordable for all Americans, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. AHRQ funds and conducts health services research to examine how people get access to care, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of care they receive. Information from AHRQ’s research is utilized to assist consumers and health care providers in making more informed decisions and in improving the quality of health care services nationwide.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)| Headquarters: Atlanta, GA
Mission: To serve the public through responsive public health actions to promote healthy and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures. ATSDR efforts prevent exposure to such substances, adverse human health effects, and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) | Headquarters: Atlanta, GA
Example Opportunities: Behavioral Scientists, Biologists, Medical Officers
Mission: Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health — through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. CDC strengthens existing public health infrastructure while working with partners throughout the nation and the world.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) | Headquarters: Baltimore, MD
Example Opportunities: Health Insurance Specialists, Management Analyst, Actuaries
Mission: As an effective steward of public funds, CMS is committed to strengthening and modernizing the nation’s health care system to provide access to high-quality care and improved health at lower cost. CMS is the largest purchaser of health care in the United States, providing health coverage for more than 100 million individuals. CMS administers Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and new private insurance and private insurance market reform programs.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | Headquarters: Rockville, MD
Example Opportunities: Attorney, Chemist, Consumer Safety Officer
Mission: To rigorously assure the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices, and the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA advances the public health by helping to speed innovations and by assisting the public in getting the accurate, science-based information needed on medical products and foods to help prevent disease and improve health. FDA also has responsibility to reduce death and disease caused by tobacco by regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products and by educating the public about the harms of tobacco products to prevent initiation and encourage cessation.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)| Headquarters: Rockville, MD
Example Opportunities: Administrative Officer, Public Health Program Specialist, Purchasing Agent
Mission: To improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs. HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.
Indian Health Services (IHS) | Headquarters: Rockville, MD
Example Opportunities: Medical Imaging Technician, Pharmacist, Physical Rehabilitation Therapist
Mission: To raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. IHS provides comprehensive health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives, with opportunity for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to improve their health status and overall quality of life.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Headquarters: Bethesda, MD
Example Opportunities: Microbiologist, Historian, Health Science Administrators
Mission: To seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. Through its 27 institutes and centers, NIH supports and conducts research, domestically and abroad, into the causes, diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of diseases. It also promotes the acquisition and dissemination of medical knowledge to health professionals and the public.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) | Rockville, MD
Example Positions: Statistician, Grants Management Specialist, Contracts Specialist
Mission: To reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. SAMHSA accomplishes this mission by serving as a national voice on mental health and mental illness, substance abuse, and behavioral health systems of care. It coordinates behavioral health surveillance to better understand the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on children, individuals, and families, and the costs associated with treatment. SAMHSA also helps to ensure dollars are invested in evidence-based and data-driven programs and initiatives that result in improved health and resilience.
Content last reviewed on March 28, 2014