The Military Medical Humanitarian Assistance Course (MMHAC)

Course Goal

Provide training for military primary care providers in preparing for and executing appropriate medical care to civilian populations in the austere health emergency setting.


This two-day course focuses on understanding the unique health environment and recognizing and managing those conditions consistently associated with high mortality among the most vulnerable populations (primarily children) in these settings: diarrhea and dehydration, malnutrition, epidemic measles, malaria and respiratory infections. Course scenarios focus on the role that US military medical assets would likely play as early responders to a humanitarian emergency with limited medical resources.

Target Audience

Military primary care providers expected to encounter civilian populations through Global Health Engagement activities (e.g. General Medical Officers, Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Emergency Medicine Providers, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, and Trainees entering these fields)


The instructional strategy relies heavily on interactive processes (scenario exercises and case management based skill stations). The scenarios and cases are all derived from real operational experiences of instructors and allow students to problem solve and face ethical dilemmas in triage and develop creative logistical and clinical solutions. In class, instruction parallels this manual which contains complete diagnostic and treatment algorithms for the targeted clinical conditions and has been derived from publications of international public health authorities. The course culminates in a round robin of “skill stations”, in which students must demonstrate their ability to manage a field clinical scenario in each major category: Dehydration, Malnutrition, and Infections. In addition, students must complete a comprehensive written exam.

Since the first MMHAC was given in May 1998, military health educators and civilian experts in international health emergencies have critiqued the course. The content and instructional strategy have been uniformly praised. The faculty is committed to the quality and credibility of this educational experience. Thus, all clinical instructors have not only mastered the written material but have had personal experience practicing medicine in an austere health environment.

The MMHAC continues its current affiliation with USU through the Department of Pediatrics and is no longer affiliated with CGHE.


To access the MMHAC Manual please click here

Additional Information

For more information, please email us at mmhac@usuhs.eduThere is no course fee.  Any travel/attendance costs are the responsibility of the participant or their sponsoring command.