Edwin K. Burkett, MD, MBA

Edwin K. Burkett, MD, MBA

Name: Edwin K. Burkett, MD, MBA, Col, USAF

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Division Director, Assistant Professor

Email: edwin.burkett@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-9117
Room: AFRRI Bldg., Rm. 3176L

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Col Burkett is a Family Physician, Flight Surgeon, and holds both a regional and global special experience identifier as an Air Force International Health Specialist. Previously Col Burkett served as Chief of Global Health at Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) and then at Air Combat Command (ACC) and successively. Colonel Burkett completed his Family Medicine residency at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center and had tours in Turkey and Panama. As Chief of the Medical Staff (SGH) in Panama he was responsible for clinical services delivery during the treaty transition in 1999. Subsequently he held clinical leadership positions at Charleston AFB and Whiteman Air Force Base prior to assignment as Chief, Global Health at Joint Forces Command and USAF Air Combat Command. He is a flight surgeon and board certified Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has directed ACLS classes in Honduras, was medical staff on humanitarian missions to Zimbabwe and El Salvador, planned and led a mission to Haiti, and deployed as Air Force Detachment commander on CONTINUING PROMISE 2011. Dr Burkett continues in clinical care both for the Air Force and as a volunteer at a free clinic.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Washington University, St. Louis 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Washington University, St. Louis 1986
  • Doctorate of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) 1991
  • Family Medicine Residency Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, Andrews AFB 1994
  • Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, Brooks AFB, TX 2004
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Western Governor's University 2007
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians 20122


Dr Burkett's research interests are in the application of DoD health engagement activities in support of joint military objectives. Particularly he is interested in how military health engagements can be optimized to support both USG health diplomacy and national interests while still achieving security cooperation and sustainable positive impact to host nation health sector capacity.


  • 2013-14 Course Director, Medical Anthropology, PMO534, USU
  • 2013-14 Course Director, Global Health Engagement and Medical Stability Operations Journal Club
  • 2013-14 Director, Global Health and Patient Centered Care Micromodule for Post-Clerkship Bench, Bedside, & Beyond Course, USU

Select lectures for Global Health Division Courses, USU

  • PMO528-Global Health I
  • PMO539-Global Health II
  • PMO548-Joint Medical Operations and Humanitarian Assistance

Medical Stability Operations Course for Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI), multiple times & topics

Civil Military Preventive Health as a Security Enhancing Tool, Army Force Health Protection Conference, Aug 2008 & at Navy/Marine Corp Prev Med Conference, Jan 2009

International Humanitarian Assistance, Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Symposium, 2008

Civil-Military Operations and Foreign Humanitarian Assistance, Joint Medical Operations Medical Managers Course, 2007-2008

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Engagement
  • Global Health
  • Joint Medical Operations
  • Civil-Military Operations
  • Humanitarian Operations
  • Health Diplomacy

Selected Recent Publications

Foreign Health Sector Capacity Building and the US Military, Military Medicine, Mar 2012

Developing Future Command Surgeons and Staff for Joint Operations and Assignments, Joint Center for Operational Analysis Journal, Vol XII, Issue 2, Summer 2010

Health Engagement in Foreign Internal Defense, Small Wars Journal, February 13, 2010

Professional Activities

  • Director, USU Global Health Working Group
  • PMB Graduate Affairs Committee
  • USU Diversity Committee
USU Committees
  • Director, USU Global Health Working Group
  • PMB Graduate Affairs Committee
  • USU Diversity Committee
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Uniformed Services Chapter (USAFP)
  • American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)
  • The Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS)
  • National Medical Association