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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.
As the world searches for better systems for improving health at a more sustainable cost, the global epidemic of obesity—what some call globesity—is high on the list of targets. The U.S. Surgeon General reports two-thirds of American adults and nearly one in three children are overweight or obese. Of particular relevance to Arizona, 70 percent of American Indian/Alaskan Native adults fall into the at-least-overweight category. Obesity is linked to a worldwide rise in type 2 diabetes and is exerting a negative impact on healthcare systems and economic productivity across this country.
Obesity Solutions is a transdisciplinary project in partnership with Mayo Clinic, ASU researchers, and other universities, communities, businesses and government organizations to identify, test and share innovative ways of addressing obesity.The initiative, headed by President's Professor Alexandra Brewis Slade from ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change and Mayo Clinic Professor Dr.James Levine, includes studies ranging from research on body weight regulation and gut microorganisms by Professor Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment to the science of exercise by Professor Glenn Gaesser in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.