U. S. Department of Health & Human Services

Online processing of shortage designation applications suspended

Daily updates of Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) data have been suspended and HPSA scores locked for the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Programs’ new award application cycle. Daily HPSA data updates are scheduled to resume in Spring 2016. Please direct any questions to your State Primary Care Office and/or the appropriate Shortage Designation Project Officer.


Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by HRSA as having shortages of primary care, dental care, or mental health providers and may be geographic (a county or service area), population (e.g., low income or Medicaid eligible) or facilities (e.g., federally qualified health centers, or state or federal prisons). More about shortage areas >>

Data as of 1/1/2016

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Note: Programs that use HPSAs to determine eligibility may utilize the HPSA data to facilitate program operations. To locate National Health Service Corps (NHSC) approved sites with eligible HPSAs and the corresponding HPSA scores for use in the NHSC programs, please refer to the NHSC Jobs Center.