Global Health

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. 

The Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy focuses on discovery and development of new cost-effective therapeutics and vaccines to combat infectious diseases and biological warfare agents, globally.
The Biodesign Institute is pioneering research, policy, education and economic analyses in biomedicine and health that drives the adoption of new technologies for optimal healthcare delivery.
ASU is a leader in biomedical diagnostics and biomedical informatics offering research, teaching, service and innovative solutions to improve individual and populations health with a global reach.
The Center for Bioarcheological Research seeks to discover and communicate new knowledge about past peoples' experiences with health and disease, along with their cultural and environmental contexts.
The Center for Global Health tackles disease from new perspectives to address health as a critical and complex part of the broader human condition.
The consortium brings together expertise in supply chain strategy, medical sociology, clinical medicine, policy analysis, information technology, health care economics and operations research.
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change focuses on global health and the social roots of disease.
Public interest technology activities are distributed widely across the university and a priority for ASU as it considers health impacts.