Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE)

Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement

Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement I

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.


Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement II

Course Goal

Those who will be assuming a Senior GHE leader or Planner role at the Combatant Commands (CCMDs) or Service Components will have a fundamental understanding of GHE and how to employ it as a security cooperation tool.


This is a new 2-day global health engagement training course is meant to be given in conjunction with FOGHE I.

Target audience

Senior leaders and planners involved in GHE at CCMDs or Service Components.  Suggested target ranks are E6-8 and O3-5.  Most of the audience is expected to be active duty or full time Guard/Reserve personnel.


Learning objectives

  1. Summarize how global health engagement is used as a tool to help achieve the United States and Department of Defense’s national security objectives
  2. Compare and contrast the concepts security cooperation and security assistance
  3. Explain global health engagement’s role in the Combatant Command’s security cooperation programs
  4. Describe how global health engagement is programmed and planned for at the Combatant Command 
  5. Identify major Department of Defense security cooperation stakeholders and the role Combatant Commands have in planning and  implementing  security cooperation
  6. Identify which Department of Defense authorities and funding lines are most applicable for global health engagement activities and explain how said authorities and funding are applied.
  7. Describe how assessment, monitoring and evaluation is incorporated in the global health engagement planning process


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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