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UMB is Maryland's only public health, law, and human services university. Six professional schools and a Graduate School confer the majority of health care, human services, and law professional degrees in Maryland each year.

Our Mission

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 of Maryland BioPark, Baltimore’s biggest biotechnology cluster, fuels the commercialization of new drugs, treatments, and devices, giving 1,000 scientists and entrepreneurs the space to create and collaborate.

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History of Maryland - UMB

1807

The Maryland General Assembly chartered the College of Medicine in 1807; it is now the nation’s oldest public medical school.

1812

In 1812, the Maryland General Assembly rechartered the College of Medicine as the University of Maryland and expanded its mission.

1824

The forerunner of the law school, the Maryland Law Institute, was opened in 1824.

1840

The world’s first dental college, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, was chartered in 1840.

1841

The following year in 1841, the Maryland General Assembly chartered the College of Pharmacy, making it the fourth-oldest pharmacy school in the nation.

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.

1918

To promote and enhance research, scholarship, and advanced study, the Graduate School opened in 1918.

1961

In response to growing social and cultural needs, the School of Social Work opened in 1961.

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