Health Services & Population Research


PHCoE accesses and analyzes large health and administrative datasets in order to inform our research gap and implementation efforts, as well as support stakeholder and collaborator research efforts. This project includes bringing together large datasets from around the military, conducting longitudinal analyses, and delivering reports and publications that inform policy and decision-making.

Benefits of this Approach

A wealth of programmatic data is obtained via electronic systems that automatically import medical record information from across the MHS. This data provides an excellent opportunity to conduct statistical analyses and modeling for the purposes of research to help answer health services and psychological health questions to address specific research gaps and inform the scientific field.


PHCoE is collaborating with the Army Analytics Group (AAG) Research Facilitation Lab (RFL) to access data via the Person-Event Data Environment (PDE). The PDE is a virtual platform that integrates large limited datasets, standardizes data elements, and provides an analytic platform for conducting analyses.

Current Research Topics

  • Psychological Health Trends and Transitions among Active Duty Service Members, 2002-2015
  • Longitudinal Effect of Psychological Health Management on Comorbid Diagnostic Outcomes, 2003-2015
  • Psychological Health (PH) Multimorbidity and Healthcare Utilization among Active Duty Military, 2002-2015
  • Combat Deployment, Psychological Health Diagnoses, and Psychological Health-Related Physical Health Conditions, 2002-2015
  • Psychological Health (PH) Outcomes among Drone and Manned Aircraft (MA) Pilots, 2003-2015
  • Pathological Gambling in the DoD, 2005-2015
  • Unspecified Anxiety Disorder and Adjustment Disorder: Mental Health Services Utilization, Career Trajectory, and Military Discharge, 2002-2015
  • Effects of Combat and Gender on PTSD Status Transitions, 2002-2015
  • Evaluating Measures of Combat Deployment to OEF/OIF/OND Using Population level Data, 2002-2015
  • Impact of Occupation on Incidence of Psychiatric Conditions in the Time Approaching Separation from the Service, 2002-2015


Analytic planning and data preparation processes are currently underway, with analyses and research reports anticipated to be completed in 2018.