School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Large-scale globalization and urbanization have created an urgent need for researchers and practitioners with a strong background in the cultural and social aspects of health. Equipped with the ability to combine historical, anthropological, and even mathematical insights with the latest social science research about how people live and interact with one another, the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) conducts research impacting health enterprises in commercial enterprises, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), medical schools, and government agencies.

Under the directorship of Kaye Reed, world-class researchers in the School head up multiple projects that advance the understanding of the roles in human health played by evolution, culture, genetics, and the environment. Units include the Center for Global Health, the Center for Bioarchaeological Research, and the Obesity Solutions initiative.

From the ongoing study of how pathogen-host interactions affect diseases such as tuberculosis and Alzheimer’s, to water quality and sociocultural influences in behavior, SHESC is informing the many critical personal and global-level decisions to be made by our species moving forward.