Clinical Public Health & Epidemiology

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​​U.S. public health organizations at local, state, and federal levels are charged with improving the overall well-being of the people in their jurisdictions. While the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionExternal Link and the National Institutes for HealthExternal Link provide national level public health support to civilian communities, the Department of Defense's Defense Health Agency, or DHA, is responsible for overseeing military's public health efforts.

The DHA Public Health efforts are reflected by activities and experts in each Service located at different Defense Centers of Public Health (DCPH): DHA Public HealthExternal Link 

As scientific evidence is always evolving, public health organizations must routinely monitor trends in population data and reevaluate policies, procedures and equipment to ensure the most current scientific evidence is being effectively applied.

The Clinical Public Health and Epidemiology Directorate (CPHE) of the DCPH at Aberdeen (DCPH-A), provides essential public health services to enhance the technical competency of military healthcare providers and improve combat and protective equipment and policies to reduce injury and disease risk to service members and DoD workers. The CPHE's specialized medical and public health experts –

  • conduct epidemiological surveillance of injuries and diseases
  • investigate health conditions, causes, risks and solutions
  • perform epidemiological consults (EPICONS)
  • provide consultative services and professional briefings to healthcare providers, policy-makers, and leaders 
  • develop products to assist providers and communicate health messaging

CPHE experts are grouped in the four Divisions and specialized Branches listed below.
See Division/Branch details for links to specific information and products.

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​Division of Behavioral and Social Health Outcomes Practice (BSHOP)

  • BSHOP monitors and studies Soldier suicidal behaviors and suicides, behavioral health conditions, and social health conditions, and social health outcomes to inform the development and evaluation of Army programs, policies and services. ​​

Military Injury Division (MID)

Specializes in the monit​oring, investigation, and prevention of specific types of injuries among Active Duty military members.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Division (OEMD)

Specializes in clinical medical investigation and consultations.

Preventive Medicine Division (PMD)


​Last updated: July 27​​, 2023