The Global Health Concentration provides a strategic and operational perspective of global health issues. Military coordination and communication with civil society organizations are emphasized as well as addressing the roles of health organizations in both public and private sectors. Political, economic and socio-cultural factors of population health are considered especially within the context of developing countries. Healthcare delivery systems are examined with a focus on resources, access, policies, current challenges, potential solutions and opportunities for reform.
In November 2001 a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Air Force Surgeon General (AFSG) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to design, test, and implement an educational and academic curriculum for the International Health Specialist (IHS) Program.
The purpose was to prepare selected uniformed healthcare providers to be regional medical experts who in turn can help prepare uniformed forces for operational contingencies and respond to medical crises around the world, in wartime and peacetime.
The first students graduated in 2003. As of June 2011, 14 MPH students have graduated from USU with a concentration in International/Global Health.