Armed Forces Health Surveillance Department

Health monitoring, analysis and actionable insight

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division (AFHSD) is the central epidemiologic health resource for the US military. We conduct medical surveillance to protect those who serve our nation in uniform and allies who are critical to our national security interests. AFHSD is a division within DHA Public Health.

AFHSD is organized into four branches: Data Management and Technical Support, Epidemiology and Analysis, Global Surveillance of Emerging Infections, and Integrated Biosurveillance.
We maintain a presence at three public health centers – the US Army Center for Public Health, the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, and the Navy and Marine Corps Center for Public Health.

Learn how our health information analysis supports global disease surveillance and public health activities to enhance the mission to protect the health of the US forces.


To be the central, integrated, customer-focused epidemiological and global health surveillance resource for the Department of Defense.


To provide timely, relevant, actionable, and comprehensive health surveillance support to the joint headquarters, combatant commands, and military services to promote health and improve force health protection, readiness, and lethality.

Critical functions

  • Acquire, analyze/interpret and disseminate health surveillance information and recommend evidence-based policy.
  • Development, refinement and improvement of standardized monitoring methods.
  • Serve as a focal point for sharing health monitoring products, experiences and information.
  • Coordinate globally

Explore our health surveillance resources to learn how to use our data applications, systems, and how our health information analysis supports global disease surveillance and public health activities to improve the health protection agenda of US Forces (FHP).

Monthly medical surveillance report

The Monthly Medical Monitoring Report (MSMR) is the flagship publication of AFHSD. The monthly peer-reviewed journal provides evidence-based estimates of the incidence, prevalence, impact, and trends of health-related conditions among military personnel. Furthermore, MSMR focuses one issue per year on the absolute and relative burden of morbidity due to various illnesses and injuries among service members and beneficiaries.

View current report View archived reportsArchived reports

Health Monitoring Researcher

The Health Monitoring ResearcherHealth Surveillance Investigator (HSE) (HSE) is a dynamic CAC-enabled mapping application that enables geographic combatant commands (GCCs) to identify global health threats and disease outbreaks in near real time. It provides timely, relevant and actionable health monitoring information to military leaders around the world. HSE makes surveillance data collection more effective and efficient.

Start the HSE Health Surveillance Explorer (HSE)

Proposal Management Information System

Launch a proposal management information systemThe Proposal Management Information System (ProMIS) program is a web-based application used to facilitate program management in AFHSD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS).Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) section. Researchers in the GEIS Partner NetworkGEIS Partner Network submit proposals for funding consideration and GEIS operational staff monitor the progress of these projects.

Go to ProMISProposal Management Information System (ProMIS)

Defense Medical Epidemiology Database

DMED buttonThe Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) provides worldwide access to de-identified data contained in Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS)Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS). Through this user-friendly interface, authorized users can create customized queries about disease and injury rates in the active population.

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