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About the University
UMB enrolls 6,500 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The University offers 50 doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and certificate programs and confers most of the professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland.
UMB is a thriving academic health center combining cutting-edge biomedical research and exceptional patient care. UMB’s extramural funding totals $500 million, and each core faculty member brings nearly $1 million in research grants into UMB every year.
The University of Maryland BioPark, Baltimore’s biggest biotechnology cluster, fuels the commercialization of new drugs, diagnostics, and devices, giving 850 research scientists and entrepreneurs the space to create and collaborate. Every year, UMB conducts more than 400 translational research projects on behalf of corporate sponsors.
UMB delivers more than $40 million each year in uncompensated care to the citizens of Maryland. The University’s students, faculty, and staff contribute 2 million hours of service annually, providing programming that improves Marylanders’ health and wellness, advances justice, promotes economic development, and strengthens families and communities.
To improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society at-large through education, research, clinical care, and service.
The University will excel as a pre-eminent institution in its missions to educate professionals, conduct research that addresses real-world issues affecting the human condition, provide excellent clinical care and practice, and serve the public with dedication to improve health, justice, and the public good. The University will become a dominant economic leader of the region through innovation, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and interdisciplinary and interprofessional teamwork. The University will extend its reach with hallmark local and global initiatives that positively transform lives and our economy. The University will be a beacon to the world as an environment for learning and discovery that is rich in diversity and inclusion. The University’s pillars of professionalism are civility, accountability, transparency, and efficiency. The University will be a vibrant community where students, faculty, staff, visitors, and neighbors are engaged intellectually, culturally, and socially.
|School of Medicine||1807|
|Carey School of Law||1824|
|School of Dentistry||1840|
|School of Pharmacy||1841|
|School of Nursing||1889|
|School of Social Work||1961|
Located in Baltimore, the campus consists of 71 acres with almost 7.5 million gross square feet of space in 67 buildings.
Degrees at UMB
Degree programs: 52
Degrees awarded: 2,126 (FY 2015)
The University offers the following degrees:
- Six professional practice doctorate degrees
- 14 research and scholarship doctorate degrees
- 17 master's degrees
- Three bachelor's degrees
- 12 Certificates
|Dentistry||8th||NIH Funding (Publics) FY 2015|
|Medicine||8th||Sponsored Research (Publics) AAMC FY 2015|
|Law||4nd||Health Law, U.S.News & World Report
|5th||Evening Program, U.S.News & World Report|
|7th||Clinical Training, U.S.News & World Report|
|Nursing||8th||U.S.News & World Report|
|Six specialty nursing rankings in top 10 with two at No. 1 (Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Informatics).|
|Pharmacy||9th||U.S.News & World Report|
|Social Work||17th||U.S.News & World Report|
For more information, contact the University of Maryland, Baltimore Government Affairs Office at 410-269-5087.
Students - The Future of Care
As the state’s only public health, law, and human services university, UMB confers the majority of professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland each year.
17% African American
The Maryland General Assembly chartered the College of Medicine in 1807; it is now the nation’s oldest public medical school.
In 1812, the Maryland General Assembly rechartered the College of Medicine as the University of Maryland and expanded its mission.
The forerunner of the law school, the Maryland Law Institute, was opened in 1824.
The world’s first dental college, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, was chartered in 1840.
The following year in 1841, the Maryland General Assembly chartered the College of Pharmacy, making it the fourth oldest pharmacy school in the nation.
In 1889, Louisa Parsons, a colleague of Florence Nightingale, established the School of Nursing, one of the nation’s oldest formal nursing training programs, at the University of Maryland.
To promote and enhance research, scholarship, and advanced study, the Graduate School opened in 1918.
In response to growing social and cultural needs, the School of Social Work opened in 1961.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, protected veteran's status, or age in its programs and activities. Specifically, Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in UMB’s programs and activities.
Enrollment by Program
|# of students||% of total|
|Total - Fall 2016||6,482||100%|
Students, faculty, and staff contribute more than 2 million hours of service annually to citizens throughout Maryland, providing programming that improves health and wellness, advances justice, promotes economic development, and strengthens families and communities.
Employment - Fall 2016
|Total Regular Employees||6,426
An Entrepreneurial Campus
|FY 2017 - Sources of Funds|
|Research and Grants||35%|
|Clinical (Patient) Care||29%|
|Research and Clinical Care||64%|
|Tuition & Fees||12%|
See the Office of Institutional Research and Planning for more data.
Driving the Economy
- FY 2016 - awarded $497.5 million in grants and contracts
- Yield - $962,355 research dollars per core faculty
Return on Investment
- Yields more than $14 in economic activity for each $1 of state general fund appropriation
- Generates nearly 21,000 jobs
- Together with the University of Maryland Medical Center and affiliated physician practices, generates more than $6 billion in annual economic activity
In FY16, UM VenturesVentures - the joint technology transfer operation of UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park - continued to rapidly grow the two universities' commercialization enterprise. Tech transfer at UMB alone was substantial with:
- nearly 140 new invention disclosures
- 34 new license agreements
- two FDA approvals of UM Ventures technologies
- 10 new startup companies
There are six UM Ventures licensees with drugs in clinical trials and three with medical devices in clinical trials.
- PaxVax is a vaccine-development company with multiple technologies in its pipeline. One of its two leading technologies is a travelers’ cholera vaccine owned by UMB that was approved this year by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). PaxVax has raised over $200 million and was named Best Early-Stage Biotech Company at the 16th annual World Vaccine Congress.
- Profectus BioSciences has raised over $100 million in equity and grant funding to support developing vaccines for HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and encephalitis. Its vaccine for HIV/AIDS is in clinical trials.
- Remedium, a joint University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)/UMB company, received FDA approval in 2015 for a device that stops severe bleeding instantly. Remedium is being commercialized by gel-E, which is conducting a $2 million Series A round in early 2017 and is launching additional devices.
- Analytical Informatics (AI) is a startup whose software improves health care quality and operational efficiency by aggregating huge quantities of health care data and giving providers real-time access to it. AI signed a marketing agreement with Toshiba in FY16.
- Harpoon Medical is commercializing a device for minimally invasive heart surgery. The image-guided surgical tool allows repair of the heart’s mitral valve without opening the patient’s chest or stopping the heart. The device is in clinical trials in Europe.
- A $6 million research agreement with pharmaceutical company MedImmune is advancing treatments for autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases.
- Tokai Pharmaceuticals has begun Phase III clinical trials on a drug to treat hormone-resistant prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.
- The Maryland Proton Treatment Center started treating patients in February 2016. It is the first and most advanced facility of its kind in the Baltimore-Washington area — capable of providing nearly 2,000 cancer patients a year with precise, “pencil-beam” radiation to treat solid tumors.
- The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center received the highest NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- UMB and UMCP launched the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance to lead research, education, and clinical care related to sports and traumatic brain injury.
- The University of Maryland Medical Center performed more kidney transplants on African-American patients than any other medical center in the U.S.
Health and Legal Care
- Attending physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) are faculty members of the School of Medicine.
- 1,702,025 outpatient and emergency visits and 110,371 admissions in FY16
- UMMC provided $218.45 million in uncompensated charity care and uncollected accounts in FY16.
- Only dental school in Maryland and the largest provider of oral health services to Medicaid children/HIV patients
- Nearly 27,000 patients and more than 105,000 patient visits per year
- Uncompensated care provided by School of Dentistry faculty and students is more than $6.3 million per year.
- Approximately 200 law students provide more than 70,000 hours of free legal services each year to individuals, families, and organizations in Maryland.
- The Governor’s Wellmobile, an interprofessional practice that provides nurse-managed primary health care to uninsured and underserved residents, made 6,112 visits across Central Maryland and the Upper Eastern Shore in 2016.
- In 2015, the Maryland Poison Center received 44,155 calls.
- Faculty and staff provide clinical service to approximately 30,000 patients each year in more than 30 different practice settings in specialties such as community pharmacy, cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS, mental health, diabetes, geriatrics, and palliative care.
- More than 800 social work students provide over 500,000 hours of care to Maryland citizens annually.
Engagement in Baltimore
- The UMB Community Engagement Center provides direct health, employment, legal, financial, and social services to West Baltimore residents, and works with them on neighborhood-strengthening advocacy projects.
- UMB CURE Scholars is a long-term mentoring program designed to excite West Baltimore middle and high school students about science and begin preparing them for rewarding careers in research and health care.
- The UM School of Social Work operates Promise Heights, a network of partnerships and services intended to stabilize and strengthen families in a high-poverty West Baltimore neighborhood and help children achieve academic success.
- The Partnership for Baltimore is a collaboration between UMB and the University of Maryland Medical Center designed to improve population health, stimulate economic and community development, boost academic achievement, and nurture community connections.