CGHE Overview

USU’s Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) was founded in 2016 with the purpose of providing operational support to the Department of Defense Global Health Engagement (DoD GHE) enterprise. Specifically, CGHE focuses its efforts on DoD GHE-related operational and programmatic support to Combatant Commands. To achieve this, CGHE coordinates and builds support for GHE within the DoD and other USG entities as needed, in addition to championing the University’s priorities by increasing contributions to DoD GHE academia and research.

CGHE’s strategic plan mirrors USU’s 5-year Strategic Framework (2017-2021), which is focused on readiness and prioritizes three mission domains: Education and Training, Research and Scholarship, and Leadership and Service. Both USU and CGHE’s strategies also acknowledge the importance of cross-cutting enablers including strategic partnerships and collaboration, strategic communications, and effective internal processes. 

Supporting the key mission domains, CGHE strives to:

    • Develop and execute education and training activities and curricula to support the professional development of current and future Military Health System (MHS) GHE professionals;
    • Support the Joint Force by improving the execution of DoD GHE activities through assessment, monitoring and evaluation; manage annual GHE research funds via the GHE Research Initiative; and
    • Provide operational and programmatic support to CCMDs, the services, and other DoD entities, as requested.

CGHE’s staff are a mix of active duty military, federal civilians, and contractors from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF).


DoD GHE activities are health-related activities which involve interactions between the DoD and partner nations (PNs). These activities may be conducted in partnership with military and/or civilian entities in PNs. They should be well-coordinated with health efforts by other parts of the US government (USG). DoD GHE supports overarching DoD goals, such as: build partnerships and trust, share information, maintain influence, increase readiness, build PN capacity, or achieve health interoperability.

DoD GHE differs from other global health efforts in that these activities are expressly designed to support national security policy and military strategy. DoD GHE activities can occur in varying operational environments, from steady-state (Phase 0) to contingency situations. DoD GHE activities may be focused on a broad spectrum of topics, which can be conceptualized as supporting four key domains – Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability, Force Health Protection, Humanitarian Assistance and Foreign Disaster Relief, and Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense.

DoD GHE activities are described in DoD Instruction (DoDI) 2000.30 (July 2017)The DoD GHE Council was founded and codified in DoDI 2000.30 to increase collaboration and transparency across the DoD GHE enterprise. The GHE Council includes key stakeholders in DoD GHE, and operates via three groups: Senior, Deputy and Action Officers. CGHE is a member of the GHE Council Action Officers Group. The DoD GHE enterprise, or community, is comprised of organizations and individuals within the DoD that play a role in DoD GHE policy, planning, coordination and execution; these include GHE Council members, the Combatant Commands (CCMD), Service Components, and others.