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


DoD GHE programs consist of those activities conducted with partner nations that promulgate US strategic goals and efforts in three major categories: security cooperation, global health security, and interoperability. Global health and security are linked, and DoD GHE strategies should therefore address the intersection of these concerns. DoD GHE programs must align with U.S. national security strategies, including the National Defense Strategy and the National Military Strategy, while specifically supporting the respective Combatant Command Campaign Plans; 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 should also be designed, whenever possible, to contribute to a holistic approach and be conducted in collaboration with various U.S. government (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 may also engage with NGOs, academia and private-sector organizations to achieve common objectives.


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

1- Identify opportunities for USG interagency and other stakeholder collaboration to avoid duplication of effort and achieve economies of scale.
2- Understand how DoD GHE supports USG strategic objectives.
3- Describe and discuss examples of DoD GHEs that support USG strategic objectives.


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


GHSS is a one-week course offered through USU's CGHE. The course consists of a 10-hour pre-course reading and a 5 working days in-class 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 are no registration or course fees. 

PREREQUISITE: DoD participants must present a Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE) or Global Health Engagement Orientation Course (GHEOC) (Formerly USAF IHS Orientation Course) certificate and/or demonstrate substantive GHE experience as an element of their application.

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