Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) Course


The Department of Defense (DoD), recognizes that global health and security are linked, and that DoD global health engagement (GHE) efforts address the intersection of these concerns. DoD GHE activities support U.S. national security objectives and defense security cooperation strategies to include force health protection and readiness, building partner capacity and interoperability, humanitarian assistance and foreign disaster relief; and nuclear, chemical and biological defense.

DoD GHE efforts are part of a whole-of-government approach, conducted in close coordination with various USG departments and agencies, such as the Departments of State (DoS), Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Agriculture, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The DoD also engages with non-governmental organizations, academia and private-sector organizations to achieve common objectives.

The Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) course, offered by Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU’s) Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE), is designed to explore the context for DoD GHE.  This context includes the drivers and strategy for USG engagement in the global health space, the USG interagency, academic and non-governmental organizations, and case studies of current DoD GHE programs and activities. 


At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how DoD GHE activities support U.S. strategic objectives using a whole-of-government approach.
  2. Describe examples of DoD GHE activities that support U.S. strategic objectives.
  3. Identify opportunities for interagency and other stakeholder collaboration at the policy, strategic, and operational levels.


GHSS targets DoD line and medical personnel who may influence the planning, assessment, implementation, and evaluation of DoD GHE activities. Participation is welcomed and encouraged from international military partners, USG agencies, NGOs, and academia, who offer different perspectives and additional insight to the course learning objectives.


PREREQUISITE: DoD participants must present a FOGHE certificate along with their application.

GHSS is one-week graduate-level certificate course offered through USU's Center for Global Health Engagement. The course consists of a 10-hour pre-course reading and a 40-hour (5 working days) in-residence phase. 

Acceptance to the course will require a brief description of the candidate’s position and rationale for attendance; participation in the course is selective and requires approval from the course director. There is no registration/course fee. Participants are responsible for travel and per diem expenses through their agency, command, unit, or personal funds. For additional questions or concerns, email us at



The GHSS Student Portal, including the pre-course assignment. The pre-course assignment requires approximately 10 hours to complete and is comprised of readings and a short analysis essay.