Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS)

Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) Course

Course Objective

Provide participants with the knowledge and skills to develop global health strategies and programs that contribute to national security and global health security.


Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) is a graduate-level certificate course offered through USU's CGHE. It is designed to develop an understanding of the civil and military considerations at the nexus of global health and security, and enhance competency to develop whole-of-government strategies and programs to strengthen health systems and counter transnational health threats.

The course consists of a 20-hour pre-course reading and short exercise phase and an 80-hour (10 working days) in-residence phase. This course has been approved as exempt from the November 6, 2013, guidance, “Implementation of Updated Conference Oversight Requirements”.

In-kind support for this course is provided by the Division of International Health Security, part of the Office of Policy and Planning within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more at

Who Should Apply?

  • Emerging Military Health System leaders at strategic and/or operational levels with responsibility for military global health engagement strategy and program development and management.
  • USG agency personnel with strategic/programmatic/leadership roles in global health strategies and programs.
  • International military or civilian partners, representatives of academic institutions and health personnel from non-governmental organizations with an interest in global health and security.


This course uses a seminar format to present the knowledge and skills critical to developing effective global health strategies and programs. A pre-course phase consisting of targeted readings and lectures establishes a foundation for the course's in-residence phase, which enhances the technical and analytical skills to understand global health, health systems, and health threats, and to develop effective health engagement strategies and programs. Student assessments will be conducted at various phases throughout the course to determine progress in developing knowledge and skills to include a capstone group project and formal presentation to a senior leader audience.


The pre-course work is designed to provide participants with a foundational understanding of the factors that influence global health and health sectors and consists of targeted readings, introductory lectures, a brief exercise, and a knowledge assessment. A pre-course preliminary country-specific health assessment exercise will provide background information for the in-residence phase capstone project. All pre-course requirements should be completed and submitted prior to the start of the in-residence phase. Pre-course work will require approximately 20-hours of dedicated time.


During the two-week in-residence phase, participants will build and strengthen their understanding of the global health arena and their capacity to use strategic guidance to develop effective global health strategies and programs. Instruction and exercises will provide the understanding and skill set needed to plan and execute programs that support the National Security Strategy, US Global Health Security Agenda, Combatant Command Theater Cooperation Plans, and country-specific campaign plans. Participants will learn to collect and analyze health information to identify and plan appropriate health engagement strategies to meet the needs of the partner country and fit within USG priorities and guidance.

As part of the in-residence phase, participants will examine and analyze population level health information and identify evidence-based solutions to health needs as framed within the national security context. Participants will study concepts and evidence-based approaches to health sector strengthening and capacity building while learning the skills critical to operating in the global health context. Participants will be assigned to small teams for the purpose of a capstone project. Teams will develop a health engagement strategy and a specific health engagement program for an assigned country. This project will culminate with a formal presentation to include the analysis, engagement strategy, program execution, funding and monitoring and evaluation components.

Additional Information

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/living/per diem expenses through agency, command, unit, or personal funds. 

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