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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System (MHS) Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

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Beneficiaries

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/23/2019

Designated Active and Reserve Component military personnel, including the National Guard, U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and USCG; non-military persons under military jurisdiction; selected federal employees; eligible DoD civilian ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6205.02 DOD Immunization Program

Related Glossary Terms:

Beneficiaries [DoDI 6025.25] | Beneficiary [DHA IPM: 16-001] | Beneficiary [DoDI 1010.04] | Beneficiary [DoDI 6010.23] | Beneficiary [DoDI 6040.45] | Beneficiary [DoDM 6025.13] | DoD Beneficiaries | DoD Beneficiary | Dual Eligible Beneficiaries

HCP

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/23/2019

All paid and unpaid persons working in healthcare settings who have the potential for exposure to patients or to infectious materials including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6205.02 DOD Immunization Program

Related Glossary Terms:

Health Care Provider | Health Care Providers [DoDI 6200.06] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 8580.02] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 1300.27] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6000.13] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6490.10] | Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Health Care Provider [JP 4-02]

Bioassay

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

A specific biomonitoring method to assess biological specimens for changes resulting from exposure to materials foreign to the body or detect parent compounds or the metabolites of exposure agents.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Bioassay

Biomonitoring

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

The process of assessment of individual exposures to various substances by measuring the parent compound or its metabolites in biological media (e.g., in biologic tissues and fluids, blood, urine, hair, and breath) from exposed individuals.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Biomonitoring

DoD Health Record

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

Includes all medical and dental care documentation, including mental health care documentation, that has been recorded for that individual.  Information may be recorded and maintained in paper or electronic media.  Three principal ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

DoD Health Record | DoD Health Record [DoDI 6040.45]

United States

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

Includes the land area, internal waters, territorial sea, and airspace of the United States, including  a. United States territories; and b. Other areas over which the United States Government has complete jurisdiction and control or has ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

United States | United States | United States

Occupational and Environmental Health Site Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

Documents the OEH conditions found at a site (e.g., deployment site such as a base camp, bivouac site or outpost, main operating base or forward operating site, enduring location, or contingency location) beginning at or near the time it is ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Occupational and Environmental Health Site Assessment

Preliminary Hazard Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

The process of reviewing relevant intelligence data, past hazard assessments, and other available information for the area of deployment to identify potential health threats to deploying personnel.  The preliminary hazard assessment ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Preliminary Hazard Assessment

Periodic Occupational and Environmental Monitoring Summary

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

Unclassified and publically-releasable OEH monitoring summaries (e.g., noise, thermal stress, airborne pollutants, soil and water contaminants, incidents, and infectious diseases) that identify location specific OEH hazards and population ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Periodic Occupational and Environmental Monitoring Summary

Redeployment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

The transfer or rotation of forces and materiel to support another commander’s operational requirements, or to return personnel, equipment, and materiel to the home and/or demobilization stations for reintegration and/or out-processing.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Redeployment

Preventive Medicine

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

Anticipating, predicting, identifying, preventing, and controlling illnesses, injuries, communicable diseases (including vector-, food- and water-borne diseases), and diseases due to exposure to occupational and environmental health hazards. ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Preventive Medicine

Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

The regular or repeated collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data and the dissemination of information to monitor the health of a population and to identify potential risks to health, thereby enabling timely interventions ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Health Surveillance | Health Surveillance | Health Surveillance

Area of Responsibility

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

The geographical area associated with a combatant command within which a geographic combatant commander has authority to plan and conduct operations.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Area of Responsibility

Contingency Operation

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

A military operation that is either designated by the Secretary of Defense as a contingency operation or becomes a contingency operation as a matter of law (Title 10, United States Code, Section 101[a][13]).

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Contingency Plan

Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/19/2019

The regular or repeated collection, analysis, archiving, interpretation, and dissemination of occupational and environmental health-related data for monitoring the health of, or potential health hazard impact on, a population and individual ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms:

Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance | Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance | Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance
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