Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) Course - Bethesda, MD

Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) Course - Bethesda, MD

Date April 20 @ 8:00 am - April 24 @ 4:00 pm


Interested in attending GHSS 2020? Click Here to Download the Application Form and email it along with your resume to: Click here to view the GHSS logistical sheet.


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.


DATE: 20 - 24 April 2020

LOCATION: 11300 Rockville Pike, Conference Center, Rockville, MD 20852

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.

 Interested in attending GHSS 2020? Click Here to Download the Application Form and email it along with your resume to:

Sample GHSS Agenda:

Day 1 – Monday, 20 April 2020
Theme: Defense, Diplomacy, and Development
Purpose: To provide a scene setter (U.S. Government and linkages with global health) 
Welcome and Course Overview and Participant Introductions
DoD Senior Leadership Perspective
State Department Representative
USAID Presentation
Broader Aspects of GH/GHE National Security Representative
 Panel Discussion: Defense, Diplomacy, and Development in Global Health
Daily Group Exercise and Wrap-up
Day 2 – Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Theme: USG Interagency, Partner Collaboration and Coordination
Purpose: To understand the perspectives of various stakeholders and opportunities for coordination and partnering
Opening/Daily Recap
Interagency Representatives
Panel Discussion
International Military Partners 
Non-Governmental Organizations/International Organizations Representatives
Panel Discussion
Daily Group Exercise and Wrap-up
Day 3 – Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Theme: How do the various USG entities view and develop global health programs?
Purpose: To understand how U.S. Government operates in the global health arena (from planning to development of programs)
Opening/Daily Recap
Roles of US Embassy and DSCA’s SCOs
Program selection, development and considerations
Women, Peace and Security
Panel Discussion
Daily Group Exercise and Wrap-up
Day 4 – Thursday, 23 April 2020
Theme: GHE Program Examples
Purpose: To establish a common understanding of the mission and purpose of international and non-governmental organizations in the global health space.   
Opening/Daily Recap
Global Health Engagement Examples
Panel Discussions
Keynote Speaker
 Day 5 – Friday, 24 April 2020
Theme: One Health Concepts
Purpose: To give an overview of One Health and the Global Health Security Agenda and how DoD GHE is nested under these strategies and activities.       
Opening/Daily Recap
Global Health Security Agenda
Panel Discussion
One Health
Keynote Speaker: Closing Remarks


April 20 @ 8:00 am
April 24 @ 4:00 pm


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