Health by Design: Exploring the Sociocultural Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Vietnamese Healthcare

This project investigates the adoption of pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in Vietnamese healthcare and agriculture. Namely, it explores the sociocultural implications of AI applications, which aim to replace traditional health-seeking behaviors and livelihood strategies with data-driven decision-making practices. Drawing on interviews and hands-on participant observation with AI designers, health and agricultural experts, patients, and farmers, this research considers how changing intelligence capabilities advance alongside changing understandings of bodies, health, and expertise in Vietnam.

Research Focus

  • Computational Science

    Computational science is a multidisciplinary field that utilizes advanced computing to understand and solve complex problems. Researchers at the EIGH develop computational models, hardware, software, data management, and more to tackle a variety of global health concerns.

  • Infectious Diseases

    At the EIGH, our researchers work to combat a number of various illnesses, including infectious diseases caused by organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases can also be spread from one person to another and may be transmitted from animals to humans. 

  • Maternal/Child and Community Health

    At the EIGH, our researchers explore multifaceted health issues pertaining to women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, reproduction, and infant and child well-being. Our focus to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates supports a global priority among health practitioners and researchers. Additionally, community-based research on the local and global levels promotes a team effort to protect and improve the health of population groups worldwide. 

Who’s Involved

EIGH Faculty

Global Partners

  • Hanoi School of Public Health
  • National University of Vietnam

University of Notre Dame Partnerships

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies