The Center for Global Health Engagement’s Training and Professional Development Division is a leader in educating DoD and non-DoD partners in areas of global health engagement (GHE) planning, initiation, and sustainment. The division’s primary goal is to develop and implement GHE training and professional development to prepare Military Health System (MHS) professionals and students for the planning and conduct of DoD GHE activities. The program intends to achieve this goal by way of:
1) Identifying and addressing gaps in GHE training across the services and combatant commands;
2) Designing and delivering programs and curricula that encompass a range of GHE activities and are applicable to DoD personnel at various levels across the services and combatant commands;
3) Coordinating with stakeholders across the interagency and outside the US government for the purpose of developing GHE education and activities.
Courses offerings range from fundamental level–providing a foundation of GHE, to advanced–applying GHE competencies at strategic and operational levels. Courses are held throughout the year in a range of settings and locations (see Calendar). Courses include:
Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE)
A three day course intended to enhance understanding of the full array of issues surrounding and shaping GHE. Participants in this course will gain a greater grasp of the strategic, operational, and civil-military considerations in DOD GHE to include a framework for establishing the context of a health engagement and then planning, executing, and monitoring the activity.
Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS)
To help facilitate successful conduct of global health programs and efforts, GHSS provides strategic and operational level (DoD and non-DoD) planners with a comprehensive framework for understanding and action. GHSS presents an overview and assessment of policies and various entities’ roles in global health and offers exercises and examples to illustrate the points. GHSS helps shape a model for ‘next steps’ with the application of functional tools and exploration of relevant case studies.
Health Context Considerations in Global Health
This course prepares military health professionals to utilize the health context analysis framework as a standardized tool to collect, organize, and interpret information about a specific country or region and to inform global health engagements. A modular online version of this course is currently being developed for the general public.
Military Medical Humanitarian Assistance Course (MMHAC)
MMHAC was created with the goal of providing training for military primary care providers in preparing for and executing appropriate medical care to civilian populations in the austere health emergency setting. The content of this two day course focuses on understanding the unique health environment, and recognizing and managing those conditions consistently associated with high mortality among the most vulnerable populations. Course scenarios focus on the role that US military medical assets would likely play as early responders to a humanitarian emergency with limited medical resources.