ASU tackles challenges in global health by addressing the systemic, social, economic, environmental, behavioral and cultural factors affecting individual and population health. ASU applies cross-disciplinary expertise to health challenges in the developing world, including health system strengthening, improving health supply chains, medical training, cultural and behavioral health, and biomedical research.
ASU’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, working in partnership with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, develops new models for health financing and promotes data-driven decision-making to improve quality of care and population health while reducing per capita health care costs in countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique.
- Modeling capabilities for infectious disease outbreaks, including Ebola, malaria, HIV/AIDS, Zika, and influenza, enable ASU to provide technical assistance to foreign governments and support national preparedness.
- The Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium, part of ASU’s top five-ranked Supply Chain Management program, designs and improves health care supply chains and solves complex problems in humanitarian logistics. The consortium’s work — in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America — optimizes cost, clinical effectiveness, safety and sustainability across supply chains.
- The Center for Global Health carries out novel research throughout the world on the ecological, cultural, institutional, historical and social factors affecting population health, water insecurity and stigmatized conditions.
- Clinician and health care worker training platforms leverage ASU’s low cost, easily scalable online training platforms, which can be rapidly adapted to any geographic or cultural context in the world.
Household Water InSecurity Experiences
Researchers at ASU’s Center for Global Health co-lead the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) Research Clinical Network, a consortium of 19 universities that has collaborated to develop the HWISE Scale, the first-ever tool to reliably compare household water access across diverse international settings. The HWISE network worked across 28 sites in 24 countries and more than 8,000 households to create, implement and validate the tool’s survey research questions. The HWISE Scale enables rapid access to actionable data for water insecurity-related development interventions and policy change. ASU researchers are using the tool to unravel the complicated relationships between food and water insecurity and health, including through partnerships to develop longitudinal studies in partnership with research institutions in Ethiopia. The HWISE network is currently partnering with USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys Program to implement the HWISE Scale to provide the first standardized picture of global water insecurity.