Division of Behavioral and Social Health Outcomes Practice (BSHOP)

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​​​​​​BSHOP Mission: Provide the U.S. military with evidence-based behavioral and social health information to inform prevention and risk mitigation strategies, public health interventions, and policies that maximize individual, unit, and community well-being.

BSHOP Vision: Serve as the premier source for evidence-based information on the epidemiology of behavioral and social health in the U.S. military.

About the BSHOP: The BSHOP is a unique public health program within the Department of the Army (DA) and Department of Defense (DoD) focusing on the epidemiology of behavioral and social health.

BSHOP's multidisciplinary team conducts public health studies using analytical methods of population-level primary and secondary data to identify patterns, issues, and risk and protective factors associated with adverse outcomes, to include: suicidal behavior, depression, anxiety, substance use, and sexual harassment and assault.


BSHOP follows Public Health processes as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frameworks that guide BSHOP's work include:

The 10 essential public health services “to protect and promote the health of all people in all communities" and to achieve equity by actively promoting policies, systems and community conditions “that enable optimal health for all and seek to remove systemic and structural barriers that have resulted in health inequities."

(www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/publichealthservices/essentialhealthservices.html​)External Link

The “Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks" as grouped into 5 domains: health care access and quality; education access and quality; neighborhood and built environment; social and community context; economic stability.

(https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/social-determinants-health)​External Link

The Social Ecological Model of Health to recognize the complex interaction of factors at different levels (individual, interpersonal, community and society) that contribute to health outcomes and influence approaches to affect change.

(www.atsdr.cdc.gov/communityengagement/pce_models.html)External Link


Visit the Reports about Behavioral and Social Health in the Military page at:

​ https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/healthsurv/bhe/Pages/default.aspx