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The changing face of health care requires new, transdisciplinary models of delivery of care. Facing challenges such as skyrocketing health care costs, more people entering the system, a rise in chronic diseases, and a rapidly aging population, ASU is dedicated to changing the paradigm and directing the focus toward promoting healthy behaviors, as well as delivering health care in novel ways.
Health care is changing in many positive ways and ASU strives to be at the forefront. By embedding health promotion and disease prevention into health care, the university directly benefits the health and wellbeing of the community. Ongoing research is in areas such as lifestyle and behavior change, diabetes prevention, cardiovascular disease, adult and childhood obesity, healthy workplace environments, and nutrition and exercise science.
ASU's world-class research faculty, centers and institutes bring together thought-leaders in science, humanities, social sciences, health and engineering to spearhead new approaches to target and treat cancers, understand the spread, evolution and emergence of infectious disease, personalize medicine, and devise strategic interventions for obesity, Alzheimers and mental health challenges.
Health research in the areas of informatics and technology at ASU ranges from investigating ways to harness Big Data, to understanding the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and improving methods for predicting epileptic seizures.
The brain – and how it is used it to live life to the fullest– is at the center of ASU’s knowledge enterprise. ASU spearheads interdisciplinary work in neuroscience, psychology and the behavioral sciences.
Arizona State University is committed to finding new solutions by recognizing that major health challenges stem from many factors beyond disease itself – factors that are ecological, cultural, institutional, historical, evolutionary, social and technological. Effective, sustainable solutions to our most pressing global health challenges will need to take all of these factors into account, as well as the complex ways in which they interrelate.
Laws and related policies play a pivotal role in public health prevention efforts. Well-known examples — like vaccinations, tobacco control and food safety — reflect how laws can be used to mitigate disease and injury.
Training the health care leaders and practitioners of tomorrow, as well as fostering an environment in which new research thrives, is one of the most impactful ways ASU is shaping the future.
Transdisciplinary and life-changing work is taking place across ASU's many health related programs, departments, centers and institutes.
Founded in 2003 by University Professor Jane Maienschein in the School of Life Sciences, the ASU Center for Biology and Society supports collaborative research, undergraduate and graduate programs, and education projects that provide exhilarating opportunities for students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars.
The center explores areas of intersection between the life sciences and society in a variety of ways. Bioethics, policy, and law provide a set of lenses through which to examine the responsible conduct of science. History and philosophy of science ask questions about how we know what we think we know, and how that has changed over time, including changing conceptions of what counts as “good medicine” or the role of a “good doctor.” Environmental researchers ask about epidemiology, infectious diseases, and the role of emerging technologies in challenging our assumptions about how we should best interact with the larger world.
A number of the center’s core research projects promote understanding of health in a larger social and historical context. The Embryo Project offers the open access Embryo Project Encyclopedia and Reproductive Health Arizona projects. Neuroscience and philosophy work at the intersection of science and life science ethics; a collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, includes historical and philosophical study of the biomedical sciences.