Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE)

Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement

Course Goal

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


A three-day in-residence course to improve understanding of the full array of issues surrounding and shaping GHE. The Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE) course is taught by a diverse cadre of subject matter experts with experience in many aspects of health. Course participants will gain a greater understanding of 1) the strategic, operational and civil-military considerations in DoD GHE; 2) the framework for establishing the context of a health engagement; and 3) the components of planning, executing and monitoring the activity.

Target Audience

    • Military Health System and Public Health Service personnel expected to participate in GHE activities;
    • USG agency personnel seeking to gain a better understanding of DoD GHE;
    • International military and civilian partners, representatives of academic institutions and health personnel from non-governmental organizations with interest in GHE.


We use an interactive seminar-style format to present the content and skills critical to developing and conducting effective GHE programs and activities. This includes assigning pre-course readings that highlight documents that guide the conduct of GHE. The course then builds an awareness of a complex set of variables that shape the development of GHE programs and the key principles to planning and conducting a GHE activity. Students also participate in a series of small group activities designed to reinforce and enhance the academic instruction.

Course Content

    1. GHE Strategic Guidance and Rationale
    2. Principles and Practices of GHE
    3. GHE Stakeholders and Coordination
    4. Strategic Planning and Strategic Communications for GHE
    5. Health Context, Culture and Communication
    6. Functional Planning for GHE
    7. Monitoring and Evaluation of GHE Programs
    8. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response
    9. One Health and Veterinary Stability Operations
    10. Health Risk Communication
    11. Ethical Considerations in GHE

    Additional Information

    Enrollment is at the discretion of the Course Director and/or the Host Unit. There are no registration/course fees. Participants are responsible for all travel/attendance related costs. 

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