Based on the quality of our undergraduate prehealth program and on both long-standing research and graduate initiatives, Arts & Sciences will play a pivotal role in the achievement of the University’s stated health science goals. However, this success will be limited without cooperation between Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), the Division of Health, Human Performances, and Recreation (HHPR) in the School of Education (SOE), and the Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSNU). This collaboration is necessary because the number of faculty in these areas is relatively small compared to those of our aspirant institutions. Establishing Bioinformatics is a logical first step in building synergies with the ECS and will require the hiring of additional faculty from both units to build critical mass in terms of faculty and programs. Enhancement of Nutrition Sciences is another logical step that would require Arts & Sciences faculty to collaborate with the faculty of HHPR and the LHSNU, and with other clinical programs. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) has a strong Child and Family Studies program that supports both the SOE and the School of Social Work (SWO).
Additionally, Arts & Sciences must forge stronger relations between our faculty and entities beyond Baylor. Plans are underway for Baylor and the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) to develop joint faculty and adjunct appointments to create research teams between the two institutions. The National School of Tropical Medicine is the first division at BCM to develop such relationships with Baylor, with cancer research being another likely area for collaboration in the near future. Baylor Scott & White Health is seeking research collaborations to build upon its strong clinical programs. The Baylor Research Institute, as part of the Baylor Scott & White Health Care System, provides collaborative opportunities for the study of infectious diseases. These relationships will enhance our ability to hire nationally recognized faculty in the field of health sciences and to create centers of research excellence.