Health Promotion and Education

Charting the Course to a Healthier Force

Last Updated: February 16, 2018
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​Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Military Health Promotion Program Basics



  • Pre-course self-study module/ Pre-test, available on milBook 5 March 2018 with completion required by 30 April 2018
  • Live core course, webinar sessions start 3 April 2018 at 0900 EST and 5 April at 1700 EST on DCS
  • Individual Post Course Project begins 21 June, Due 8 August 2018

CCHF sessions will be offered twice weekly via Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) for 12 weeks.  Sessions begin 3 April for the Tuesday class (0900) and 5 April for the Thursday class (1700).  Mark your calendar to attend! 

DCS link for all classes is 

Audio-bridge number:

     210-249-4234, DSN 421-3272 (OCONUS DSN 312)   Access Code: 83459#

APPROVED CME/CNE/CPE/CHES information below!


Register at Army Public Health Center link: using your '' address. 

You may also attend individual classes.  See class listings on the HP Webinar page

Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Military Health Promotion Program Basics is an Army Health Promotion Course designed to provide practical training in health promotion program development, implementation and evaluation at the installation level to facilitate behavioral and environmental changes to improve the health and well-being of the military community.


Charting the Course to a Healthier Force follows the health promotion program framework specified in AR 600-63. Content includes: health promotion program planning, goal setting, implementation, use of a business plan and communication tools, and evaluation.  Attendees will gain knowledge and skills through lecture, discussion, and practical exercises.  The course will be conducted in three phases:

  • Self-study module and pre-test - pre-test due 30 April
  • DCS core sessions and post-test - post-test due 21 June 
  • Individual post course projects - projects due 8 August

There is no registration fee for this course.  The course is limited to 50 participants.  Charting the Course to a Healthier Force will be offered via Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) and a corresponding telephonic call-in. The expected duration of the DCS classes is 12 weeks with one module offered per week. For your convenience, there will be two classes conducted, per module, each week.  Each module one will be offered on Tuesday morning and Thursday late afternoon. This will allow you flexibility in your scheduling and/or a chance to participate in that module again if you wish.

Course Objectives

  • Identify and describe the key aspects of Army Health Promotion as described in Army Regulation 600-63
  • Describe the vision, mission, goals and objectives of Army health promotion programs
  • Explain the five functional areas in developing effective evidence-based health promotion programs
  • Develop the core facets of a health promotion program based on a case study to demonstrate comprehension of key aspects of an Army health promotion program.

DCO Course Presentations

  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Overview of Military Health Promotion Program Basics
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Who Needs What and Where's the Data?
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Keep the Goal in Sight - Part 1
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Keep the Goal in Sight - Part 2
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Bring in the Targeted Crowd
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Implement Programs on a Budget
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Create a Logic Model
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Make Certain to Evaluate - Part 1
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Make Certain to Evaluate - Part 2
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Creating Reliable and Valid Health Promotion Surveys
  • Charting the Course to a Healthier Force: Put Knowledge into Practice

Reasons to participate

  • Learn how to plan, develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive community health promotion programs.
  • Obtain step-by-step guidance and develop skills to engage stakeholders, implement sustainable wellness efforts and overcome common barriers and challenges.
  • Be a part of a dynamic group of individuals with many opportunities for interaction.
  • Understand evidence-based prevention science from health and wellness experts.
  • Gain specific strategies that let you extend your health reach for greater benefits.
  • Become part of a peer network and stay connected with likeminded health professionals.

You must be a DoD civilian or military member.
Participants must be registered and familiarized with using DCS.  
DCS link for all CCHF classes is
You must have a MilBook account. Go to to register on MilBook.  Materials will be posted to MilBook, so a working understanding is required.
Target Audience

Army Public Health Nurses, Health Promotion Directors and Officers, Health Educators, Health Care Providers, Dietitians, Physical and Occupational Therapists, fitness professionals, Community Health Promotion Council members, and anyone else involved in installation Health Promotion.

CME / CNE/ CPE/ CHES credits - See details below
CCHF has been submitting for up to the following credits:(includes pre-course, core and post course)

  • Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) pending for up to 24 CECH/CHES and 24 CPH
  • Nurses approved for 24 CNE hours
  • Physicians have 3 CMEs approved, pending approval for 15 more.
  • Activity ID #2017-1302, the Pre-Course Self-study Module has been approved for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits is available online with pre-test.
  • Activity ID # 2017-1359,  the Core Course of 12 weekly webinars has been submitted for 10 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Currently pending.
  • Activity for the Post-Course has been submitted for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.  Currently pending.

Course Completion Requirements

  • Participants will be required to complete all tests, attend all sessions and complete the post-course assignment with a competency level of 80% before receiving a certificate of completion and corresponding CEU's/CME's.
  • Session attendance is monitored and participants will not be permitted to enter a session after the first 15 minutes.
  • Missed sessions: If there are extenuating circumstances; TDY, mission requirements, family emergency, please contact the course coordinators.

 After registering for the course, participants will be provided access to the read-ahead materials and the pre-test.