Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE)

Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE)

Date March 20 @ 8:00 am - March 22 @ 4:30 pm

Course Objective

Enhance participant competency to develop and execute successful global health engagement (GHE) and medical stability operations (MSO) programs and activities.


A three day course of interactive, seminar-style instruction intended to enhance understanding of the full array of issues surrounding and shaping GHE and MSO. FOGHE is taught by a diverse cadre of subject matter experts with expertise and experience in a variety of health engagement settings. Participants in this course will gain a greater understanding of the strategic, operational, and civil-military considerations in DOD GHE and MSO to include a framework for establishing the context of a health engagement and then planning, executing, and monitoring the activity.

Target Audience

  • Military Health System and Public Health Service personnel expected to participate in GHE-MSO activities.
  • USG agency personnel seeking to understand GHE-MSO.
  • International military and civilian partners, representatives of academic institutions, and health personnel from non-governmental organizations with an interest in GHE and MSO.
  • Emerging U.S. military and civilian leaders at strategic and/or operational levels with responsibility for development of strategies and programs for health and security.


This course utilizes an interactive seminar-style format to present the knowledge and skills critical to developing and conducting effective GHE and MSO programs and activities. Pre-course readings highlight documents that guide the conduct of GHE/MSO. The 3-day in-residence course then builds an awareness of the complex set of variables that shape the development of GHE/MSO programs and the key principles to plan and conduct a GHE/MSO activity. Students will participate in a series of small group activities/projects designed to reinforce and enhance the academic instruction.

Course Content:

  1. National Security Challenges and Strategies.
  2. Health Diplomacy.
  3. DoD Global Health Engagement-Medical Stability Operations.
  4. USG Development and Response Agencies.
  5. Health Context, Culture, and Communication.
  6. Planning for GHE-MSO.
  7. Funding for GHE-MSO.
  8. Coordination: Embassies and Country Team.
  9. Health Needs Assessment.
  10. Measures of Effectiveness.
  11. Monitoring and Evaluation.
  12. Disaster Response.

Additional Information

Enrollment 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/living/per diem expenses through agency, command, unit, or personal funds. This course is approved to award approximately 20 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.

For additional course information, please contact Scott Zuerlein: USU/CGHE, 301-294-1485,


March 20 @ 8:00 am
March 22 @ 4:30 pm


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