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University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Established 1807
Type Public
President David J. Ramsay
Faculty 2,321 (many part-time)[1]
Undergraduates 810[1]
Postgraduates 5,074[1]
Location Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Campus Urban, 60 acres (242,811 m²)
Website http://www.umaryland.edu

University of Maryland, Baltimore, (also known as UMB) was founded in 1807. It comprises some of the oldest professional schools in the nation and world. It is the original campus of the University System of Maryland. Located on 60 acres (242,811 m²) in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, it is part of the University System of Maryland.

UMB comprises seven professional schools:

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Professional schools

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University of Maryland Dental School

The University of Maryland Dental School was the first dental school in the world. Founded in 1840 as the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (BCDS), it was chartered by an act of the Maryland General Assembly. Its principal founders were Drs. Horace H. Hayden and Chapin A. Harris. It was the first school in the world to offer a science-based curriculum in dentistry.[2] It currently ranks among top 10 in the nation to receive NIH research funding. The school moved to a new building in October 2006. The new building, located adjacent to the old one in Baltimore Street, offers some of the newest facilities and technologies in the world for education and patient care. The cost of construction and equipments was over $140 million USD, the highest spent by the state of Maryland on an academic building.

University of Maryland School of Law

The University of Maryland School of Law opened in 1823 as the "Maryland Law Institute" "in a spacious and commodious building on South street, near Market street."[3]. The law school moved to a new building in 2002, adjacent to the site of Westminster Presbyterian Burying Ground the cemetery where the poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe is buried. It is the only law school in the United States with a famous author buried on its campus. Westminster Hall is used for campus events and is often requested for wedding ceremonies.

The University of Maryland School of Law was ranked 36th among law schools according to the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report law school rankings and was also ranked among the top 10 programs for health law, clinical law and environmental law. The School of Law's students' undergraduate median GPA is a 3.65 and median Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score is a 162. It admits 16.1% of applicants, making it one of the most selective law schools in the country.[4].

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Established in 1807, the University of Maryland School of Medicine is the first public and the fifth oldest medical school in the United States and the first to institute a residency training program. The medical school includes Davidge Hall, which was built in 1812 and is the oldest building in the Northern Hemisphere in continuous use for medical education.[5] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1950s, it was named after founder and first Dean John Beale Davidge. The Medical School offers a joint MD/Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. [6] In July 2005, the majority of the Ph.D. granting programs that were previously department based were reorganized to for the Graduate Program in Life Science [7].

The Medical School was ranked 30th for primary care and 41st for medical research in the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report medical school rankings. It admits 8.4% of applicants. [8]. This school recently celebrated its bicentennial culminating with the 2007 commencement. The current Dean is E. Albert Reece.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has launched two research institutes, the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) and the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS).

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Formed in 1996 as a partnership between the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical System, IHV is an institute of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is a center of virology research. Robert C. Gallo, M.D. is Director of IHV.

The Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) Launched in 2007, the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) is an internationally recognized genomics research center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. IGS investigators use genomic and bioinformatic tools to research genome function in health and diseases and work in interdisciplinary collaborations with biomedical investigators. IGS is led by Dr. Claire M. Fraser-Liggett.

Research areas include: Bioinformatics, Cancer Genomics, Functional Genomics, Human Genetic Variation, Infectious Diseases, Organismal Diversity and Evolution, Human Microbiome Project, Plant Genomics, and Microbial Community Ecology.

Investigators at IGS work on Disease Ontology research, the Data Analysis and Coordination Center (DACC) for HMP, and other grants. IGS is one of the Genome Sequencing Center for Infectious Diseases (GSCID) centers designated by NIAID.

University of Maryland School of Nursing

The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889 by Nightingale Fund graduate Louisa Parsons, is one of the oldest and one of the largest nursing schools in the nation. The School is known for innovative educational programs that address urgent healthcare needs nationally and internationally. The school pioneered the first nursing informatics program in the world and the nation's first nursing health policy program. According to the most recent nursing school rankings, The University of Maryland School of Nursing was ranked the 7th best nursing school in the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Nursing building, which opened in November 1998, shares a 32-acre (130,000 m2) campus in downtown Baltimore with five professional schools — Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy and Social Work — as well as the University of Maryland Medical System and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The campus is a national leader in health sciences research, with $256 million in grants and contracts in fiscal year 2001.

The School of Nursing has pioneered a variety of innovative educational programs, including the first nursing informatics program in the world and the nation’s first nursing health policy program. More than 20 specialties are offered at the graduate level, including trauma/critical-care, oncology, gerontology, psychiatric/mental health nursing, and nursing administration. In 1999, the School of Nursing became the only school in Maryland to offer a midwifery program, pre-accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives. Nurse practitioner options are also offered in pediatrics, women’s health, neonatal intensive care, adult primary care, acute care and geriatrics.

A variety of flexible and combined programs are offered to accelerate degree completion. These include the second bachelor's degree option, the RN to BSN online program, the RN to MS program, the post-baccalaureate entry option into the PhD program, and the MS/MBA and PhD/MBA programs offered in conjunction with the University of Baltimore; Frostburg State University; and the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland College Park. Partnership programs for BSN completion join the School of Nursing with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the University of Maryland College Park, Washington College in Chestertown, MD, as well as all of Maryland's community colleges.

To provide clinical programs for students, the School of Nursing maintains affiliations with more than 300 hospitals and health care agencies throughout Maryland. In addition, within the 154,000-square-foot (14,300 m2) School of Nursing building are clinical simulation laboratories, which also afford students hands-on training in a real-life setting.

The School of Nursing offers a wide range of courses at off-campus locations. Students can enroll at numerous outreach sites throughout the state, permitting residents in remote, educationally under-served areas to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. Linking regional, national and international audiences, the School incorporates the most advanced classroom and laboratory design, as well as modern distance learning communications technology, to provide a state-of-the-art education experience.

The School of Nursing Living History Museum, officially opened in October, 1999, examines the history of the School of Nursing from its founding in 1889 to present day.

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, founded in 1841, is the fourth oldest school of pharmacy in the nation and the only pharmacy school in Maryland. The School of Pharmacy comprises three departments, Pharmacy Practice and Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. The school admitted 11.4% of applicants for the 2006-2007 school year.[9] According to the most recent pharmacy school rankings, The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy was ranked 9th among pharmacy schools in the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report.

University of Maryland School of Social Work

The University of Maryland School of Social Work is a top program in social work education. Graduates of the School of Social Work have become policymakers at all levels of government, from the U.S. Senate to the state and federal courts, to the State Department and departments of social services. Graduates also work as educators and researchers at universities across the country and have become therapists, community organizers, and managers. According to the most recent rankings, The University of Maryland School of Social Work was ranked 18th among schools of social work in the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report.

University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Sciences & Human Services Library

UMB's Health Sciences & Human Services Library was founded in 1813 from the collection of Doctor John Crawford, a former British naval surgeon, and is the origin of the entire University of Maryland Library System.[10] The first location of the library was across from the medical school (now known as Davidge Hall), in a church. The church was later razed for construction of a new library that opened in 1960. The library has since moved into a large modern building in 1998.

UMB Graduate School

The Graduate School was founded in 1918. UMB graduate school offers 43 degree programs in total.

Name of the Institution

The professional schools housed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore may also simply use the name "University of Maryland" when describing themselves even though the University of Maryland, College Park also refers to itself simply as the University of Maryland. There is relatively little confusion resulting from the shared name because the University of Maryland, College Park offers largely research-oriented graduate programs and houses fewer professional schools. The University of Maryland, Baltimore does not offer NCAA sports. Although this university mainly offer graduate and professional study, it offers several undergraduate courses, which include nursing, physical therapy, dental hygiene and medical technology. By law and tradition each school is entitled to use the "University of Maryland" name in recognition of their shared history. While both schools are University System of Maryland institutions, neither is a part of the other.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is also often mistaken for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), which is a separate University System of Maryland institution located in the town of Catonsville, outside the City of Baltimore.

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Campus

The campus is composed of 58 buildings located near Camden Yards and Baltimore's famous Lexington Market. Construction on a new 114,000-square-foot (10,600 m2) campus center began at the start of 2007 and is scheduled to be completed in January 2009.[11] UMB has also recently undertaken a vast west campus expansion. This 10-acre (40,000 m2) project, known as BioPark, will create ten new buildings containing a total of 1,200,000 square feet (111,000 m2) of classroom, lab, and office space.[12] In addition, University of Maryland Medical System has cleared a downtown site for the construction of a $329 million ambulatory care center.

The university is served by the University Center/Baltimore Street station of the Baltimore Light Rail system, which is at the eastern edge of campus.

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