Course Objective

To provide participants with the knowledge and skills to develop global health strategies and programs that support the goals of the United States Government (USG) and the President’s National Security Strategy. The course will provide an understanding of the civil and military considerations at the nexus of global health and security, and a whole of government approach to strategies and programs to strengthen health systems and counter transnational health threats.


This is a graduate-level certificate course, offered through the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine/ Department of Military and Emergency Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The course consists of a 20-hour pre-course reading and short exercise phase and an 80-hour (10 working days) in-residence phase. Up to 80 hours of Continuing Medical Education credit will be awarded, as will a Certificate in Global Health Strategies for Security. This course is designed to enhance the capacity of health personnel to develop effective global health strategies and programs. The primary context of the course will be civil and military considerations at the nexus of global health and security.


This course utilizes a seminar framework to organize the knowledge and skill sets critical to developing effective global health strategies and programs. The in-residence portion of the course builds on a foundation provided by a series of selected readings and exercises completed during a pre-course phase. The in-residence phase will build and strengthen the technical and analytical skills to understand global health, health systems, and health threats. In addition, the in-residence phase will build and strengthen the skills and understanding required to design effective health engagement strategies and programs. Student assessments will be conducted at various phases throughout the course to determine progress in developing knowledge and skills and includes a capstone group project and formal presentation to a senior level audience. Participants must be prepared to allocate the necessary pre-course and in-residence time required to complete the course.

Pre-course: Global Health Principles and Health Sector Assessment

Pre-course work consists of on-line readings, introductory lectures, an exercise, and a knowledge assessment designed to provide participants with a foundational understanding of the factors that influence global health and health sectors. Participants will gain an understanding of the global health context to include the burden of disease, health system analysis, key communicable and non-communicable diseases, surveillance and control measures, and the source of health risks endangering the population. A pre-course preliminary country-specific health assessment project will provide background information for the in-residence phase capstone project. All pre-course requirements should be completed and submitted on-line prior to the start of the in-residence phase of the course. Pre-course readings and exercises will require approximately 20-hours of dedicated time.


During the two-week in-residence phase, participants will build and strengthen their understanding of the global health arena and their capacity to use strategic guidance to develop effective global health strategies and programs. Instruction and exercises will provide for the understanding and skill sets needed to plan and execute programs that support the National Security Strategy, the US Global Health Initiative, and, for DOD programs, the Guidance for the Employment of the Force, Combatant Command Theater Cooperation Plans, and country specific campaign plans as appropriate. Participants will learn to collect and analyze health information to identify and plan appropriate health engagement strategies to meet the needs of the partner country and fit within USG priorities and guidance. As part of the in-residence phase, participants will examine and analyze population level health information and identify evidence-based solutions to health needs as framed within the national security context. Participants will study concepts and evidence-based approaches to health sector strengthening and capacity building while learning the skills critical to operating in the global health context. Participants will be assigned to small teams for the purpose of a capstone project. Teams will develop a health engagement strategy and a specific health engagement program for an assigned country. This project will require the analysis of country specific health information, the political context, and related national security objectives for both the USG and parent US military organizations. This project will culminate with a formal presentation to include the analysis, engagement strategy, program execution, funding, and monitoring and evaluation components.

Additional Information

Enrollment requires a brief description of the candidate’s position and rationale for attendance; participation in the course is selective and requires approval from the course director. There is no registration/course fee. Participants are responsible for their travel/living/per diem expenses through agency, command, unit, or personal funds. Up to 80 hours of CME will be awarded, so CME travel funds can also be used as available/appropriate.

Agenda Outline/In-Residence portion:

  1. The Nexus of Global Health and Security
    1. National Global Health Policies and Strategies
    2. International Global Health Policies and Strategies
    3. Global Health and Security – Diplomacy, Development, and Defense
    4. Global Health Stakeholders
  2. Global Health Threat/Risk Assessment
    1. Global Health Information and Intelligence
    2. Global Health Surveillance
    3. Global Burden of Disease
    4. Emerging Trends/Threats
  3. Health Context Analysis
    1. Geo-Political Considerations
    2. Health System/Sector Analysis
    3. Health Culture and Language Considerations
  4. Global Health Preparedness and Response
    1. Disaster Preparedness and Response
    2. Infectious Disease/Biosecurity/IHR
    3. CBRNE
  5. Global Health Strategy Development
    1. Global Health Diplomacy
    2. Global Health Development
    3. Global Health and Defense
      1. Theater Security Cooperation
      2. Military-to-Military Capacity-Building
      3. Health Support to HA/DR
      4. Health Support in COIN/Stability Operations
      5. Health Support in Reconstruction Operations
  6. Global Health Program Development and Execution
    1. Global Health Programs
    2. Program Planning
    3. Program Execution
      1. Best Practices
      2. Safety/Security Considerations
    4. Monitoring and Evaluation
      1. Monitoring
      2. Evaluation
      3. Metrics/Measures of Effectiveness
    5. Global Health Coordination – including civil-military
    6. Strategic Communication
      1. Health Risk Communication
      2. Strategic Messaging