Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Area (MUA) Designations
The Shortage Designation Branch in the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions National Center for Health Workforce Analysis develops shortage designation criteria. It uses them to decide if a geographic area or population group is a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), a Medically Underserved Area (MUA), or a Medically Underserved Population (MUP).
Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) generally have shortages of primary care, dental, or mental health providers. They may be urban or rural areas, specific population groups, or medical or other public facilities.
Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) may be an entire county or group of contiguous counties, a group of a county or civil divisions, or a group of urban census tracts in which residents have a shortage of personal health services.
Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) may include specific groups of people who face economic, cultural, or linguistic barriers to health care.
For more information, please visit the HRSA's pages on Shortage Designation
Natalie (Brown) Morrison, MPH
Shortage Designations and National Health Service Corps Program Director
Click the thumbnails below to view maps of Indiana's HPSA and MUA Designations