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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.
The Science of Health Care Delivery program at ASU's College of Health Solutions is the first of its kind in the country and represents the university's deliberate investment in future health care decision-makers, and focuses on developing a broad knowledge base for designing a better delivery system. Housed within the College of Health Solutions, the program prepares current and future healthcare workers to systematically address critical and complex needs of the health care system: 1) improving patient care experience, 2) enhancing the health of the population, and 3) reducing per capita healthcare costs while increasing health outcomes. This “Triple Aim” is addressed through interdisciplinary research and study of population health, patient-centered care, health economics, policy, data analytics, process engineering, and leadership.
The program has developed strong collaborative relationships with various industry partners including a unique and ground-breaking partnership with the Mayo Clinic. In the fall of 2015, the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine integrated 18 credits from ASU’s Science of Health Care Delivery graduate program into its curriculum. This additional training provides the foundational knowledge for future physicians to lead the systemic changes necessary to produce higher-value healthcare.
The program is linked as well with other industry leaders such as Banner Health, Barrow Neurological Institute, and Mountain Park Health Center through a capstone consulting project.