Opened in 1807, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university, dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service. And is the founding campus of the University System of Maryland.

UMB enrolls over 6,700 students in six nationally ranked professional schools and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. UMB offers 62 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 totaled a record-breaking $667.4 million in FY 2018, and each tenured/tenure-track faculty member brings $1.3 million in research grants, on average, into UMB every year.

Engagement in Baltimore and beyond

The Office of Community Engagement serves as UMB’s liaison to communities across the state of Maryland, with a focus on communities in West Baltimore that border the UMB campus. The UMB Community Engagement Center, provides direct health, employment, legal, and social services to West Baltimore residents, and works with them on neighborhood-strengthening projects.

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.

Here are a few examples of how the University of Maryland, Baltimore is applying their urban mission

  • Community Wealth Building UMB is one of the largest employers in Baltimore and spends many millions of dollars each year to buy the goods and services it needs to function. Through community wealth-building initiatives, UMB has taken the lead in local hiring and purchasing best practices.
  • University of Maryland BioPark, UMB’s biomedical research park, is Baltimore’s biggest biotechnology cluster. 1,000 scientists and entrepreneurs utilize the space to create and collaborate, fueling the commercialization of new drugs, treatments, and devices.
  • 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.
  • Promise Heights, operated by the School of Social Work, is a network of partnerships and services intended to stabilize and strengthen families in a high-need West Baltimore neighborhood and help children succeed in school.
  • Partnership with West Baltimore is a collaboration between two anchor institutions, 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.

Join us in welcoming UMB to the CUMU membership.