Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) Course - POSTPONED

Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) Course - POSTPONED

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

Unfortunately, this course will no longer take place in April. We will post the new dates as soon as they are available.

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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:

Tentative Agenda:

Day 1 – Monday, 20 April 2020

Theme: Global Health & National Security: the United States whole-of-government approach

Purpose: To provide a scene setter (U.S. Government and linkages with global health from National Security standpoint) 

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify the linkage between health and security and its significance to U.S. National Security.
  • To understand why and how the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DoS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are involved in global health.
  • To discuss strategic guidance for DoD/DoS/USAID/HHS global health efforts.

Day 2 – Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Theme: The USG Interagency, partner collaboration and coordination; and their role in national security strategy support.

Purpose: To understand the perspectives of various stakeholders and opportunities for coordination and partnering.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the role of various U.S. and international agencies in global health.
  • To identify how USG and international agencies impact DoD global health engagements.
  • To demonstrate necessity for coordinating with DoD.

Day 3 – Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Theme: US DoD in the Global Health Space

Purpose: To understand the missions of and strategic guidance followed by DoD organizations/agencies active in the global health space in regards to planning, development, and execution of programs.  

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand how DoD conducts global health engagements.
  • To describe planning process at strategic, functional, and tactical levels.  

Day 4 – Thursday, 23 April 2020

Theme: GHE Program Examples

Purpose: To establish a common understanding of planning principles focusing on program selection, design, and management.

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe best practices for global health program management..
  • To understand how DoD works with other organization with respect to program implementation. 

Day 5 – Friday, 24 April 2020

Theme: Global Health Security 

Purpose: To give an overview of the Global Health Security Agenda and One Health and how DoD GHE should be nested under this framework and activities.       

 Learning Objectives:

  • To describe how GHSA is structured and how it contributes to global health security.
  • To understand the concept of One Health and its impact on global health security.
  • To identify areas where GHSA and One Health related activities can impact DoD GHE. 


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


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