National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Other Contact Information

9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
301-496-4000 (Voice)
301-402-9612 (TTY)


The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health of the Nation by supporting research: in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and cure of human diseases; in the processes of human growth and development; in the biological effects of environmental contaminants in the understanding of mental, addictive and physical disorders; in directing programs for the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information in medicine and health, including the development and support of medical libraries and the training of medical librarians and other health information specialists. Compromised of 27 seperate Institutes and Centers, NIH is located in Bethesda, Maryland. NIH provides information and materials to assist the general public, professional public, and media representatives in understanding the new and developing health advances from the NIH.

Online Resources

Print Resources

Free publications which describe NIH programs, functions, and activities are aimed at general audiences and are available from NIH Office of Communications (OC). Serial publications: NIH Almanac, NIH Publications List; the NIH Information Index; What's Happening at NIH?; and HealthWise. NIH has over 27 separate Institutes and Centers--information and materials produced by these components should be requested from the appropriate unit.Health information publications, aimed at general audiences, are available free of charge. Serial publications: NIH Almanac (limited print versionsare available,and the document is also available in CD-ROM format); Word on Health; NIH Health Information. NIH is compromised of 27 Institutes and Centers- requests for publications should be addressed to the appropriate unit.

Review Date

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011