Operational Global Health/Global Public Health
The Global Health Concentration prepares globally minded military professionals who will be able to plan and execute health engagement in support of security cooperation, stability operations, complex humanitarian emergencies and medical crises around the world, in wartime and peacetime. The 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 can support uniformed forces in operational contingencies and can respond to medical crises around the world, in wartime and peacetime.
The first students graduated in 2003. As of June 2020, the concentration is open to all services and is offered as a separate entity or as part of several of the graduate and residency programs to include MPH, Master of Health Administration, Tropical and Preventive Medicine.