Welcome to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Partners in Health Sciences web site.

The Partners in Health Sciences (PIHS) program was born in 1991 when the Dean of the College of Medicine, I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. (retired UAMS Chancellor) asked E. Robert Burns, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences to get UAMS involved in K-12 health science education statewide. Until 1997 the PIHS program was funded by grants from the office of the Dean of Medicine (I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.), office of the UAMS Chancellor (Harry P. Ward, M.D.), Eisenhower Mathematics and Science grants from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, UAMS Office of Regional Programs and The Kellogg Foundation.

From 1997-2003 the PIHS program was funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health (grant number R25RR12346). The NIH-SEPA program is designed to improve life science literacy throughout the Nation. The funding brings together biomedical and behavioral researchers, educators, community groups, and other interested organizations in partnerships to create and disseminate programs that give K-12 students and teachers and the general public a better understanding of life science.

From 2004-2013 the PIHS program has been funded by a variety of agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education), Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition.

To view current programs and information click on the links at the top of this page.

To view past programs (history) and data click on the links below.

Mini-Courses for Teachers
   A) Downloadable syllabus to accompany "Use of the Published Lance Armstrong Cancer Story to Track Health Science
       Content to High School Students".  The American Biology Teacher 70(1):17-22, January, 2008.
   B) Workshops/Presentations on UAMS Campus for PreK-12 Teachers/School Personnel/Public
Interactive Television (ITV) Outreach for Grade 7-14 Students
Computed Assisted Instruction (CAI) Authoring Workshops for Teachers
Student Field Trips to UAMS
Parkview High School Health Sciences Lecture Series for Students
Community Requested Presentations by Program Faculty
College Credit for Participating Teachers: A UAMS/UALR Partnership
Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lungs & Healthy Skin Workshops for PreK-12 Teachers/School Personnel/Parents