About the center for health services research

The CHSR is a requirements-driven initiative developed in direct response to the 2014 Military Health System (MHS) Review.  This document identified a critical gap in the ability of the MHS to use its wealth of data for decision making and iterative learning, and recommended a dedicated program of training and analytics to build this capacity for current and future efforts.  Although the size of the staff and annual budget are small compared to the annual MHS budget, CHSR develops the necessary capacity and produces timely relevant, translatable findings to support the MHS and the Nation through the following avenues:

  • Education and Training: Providing training opportunities for those who support military Health Services Research (HSR), educating students and faculty in HSR methods, and supporting researcher access to grants and awards.
  • Research: Conducting research that measurably supports the MHS strategic goals and objectives and contributes to learning and policy across the MHS; expanding USU’s HSR capacity, and becoming recognized as the thought leader for military HSR across MHS, DoD, and the Nation.
  • Direct Support Services: Responding to requirements and ad hoc queries generated from organizations and units within DoD and the MHS, particularly emerging HA/DHA priorities, and establishing enduring relationships with MHS customers.
  • Service to the Nation: Support to civilian HSR organizations, the interagency and national efforts on demand including the Veterans Administration and the White House.



The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) supports the readiness of America's Warfighter and improved health outcomes for the military community by building capacity throughout the Military Health System (MHS) to conduct health services research that supports MHS goals, Department of Defense's (DoD's) mission and the national security strategy.


By the end of CY2024, the CHSR will be nationally recognized as the leader in MHS Health Services Research. We will produce actionable, outcomes-based policy recommendations and direct support that will improve health outcomes throughout the MHS.


Why Health Services Research Is Important

CHSR - Year in Review

The ASD(HA) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) must have timely, comprehensive information on health service functions for service members and beneficiaries to inform policy and program decisions on the utilization and cost of healthcare services.

The CHSR addresses healthcare service utilization rates, provider practice, patterns of care, financing structures and readiness for the MHS. As an approximately $53 billion per year health system, health services research capacity is an essential contribution to informing and reforming the overall MHS. Our goal is to ensure evidence-informed policy and decision-making for the MHS.




The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) at the Uniformed Services University would like to invite you to a free virtual 3-day workshop called “Using Military Health System Databases for Health and Costing Research” being held August 28th-30th. 

This 3-day workshop is sponsored by the CHSR and presented by subject matter experts from Kennell and Associates, Inc. The workshop will give an introduction to the Military Health System Data Repository (MDR) and will cover material for new and experienced users alike, including substantial new content related to MHS GENESIS, and private sector costs with real life applications. Training will take place from 0800-1600 August 28th-29th and 0800-1215 August 30th. A training schedule will be made available before the event. One meeting link will be used for all sessions which will be sent out after registration (you can attend all or choose your favorites). 

Registration is open and can be accessed at (https://hjf.cventevents.com/MHSMDRTraining2023). The training is open to the public so please feel free to pass this along to any interested colleagues inside or outside the DoD so that they may register and attend. 

For any questions or concerns, please contact me (Jessica Korona-Bailey) at jessica.korona.ctr@usuhs.edu

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

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CHSR Highlights


Panel Sessions at National Conferences


Current Students and Alumni


Institutional Collaborations


Intramural Studies Funded