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Despite major advancements in health and medicine over the last 50 years, there are many challenges yet to be conquered with respect to global health. Consider the reality: over a billion people lack access to health care systems word-wide, and millions of deaths are caused by noncommunicable diseases each year, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and chronic lung diseases. Compounding these problems are issues of communicable disease, and the safety of water and food.
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.
ASU is currently involved in research and development, professional enrichment, and international collaboration in more than 80 countries. From medicine to robotics, the university is addressing issues that impact health and health care in real-world environments across the global community.