Maryland's two largest public research universities launched a joint public health program Tuesday, the first of a series of planned collaborations designed to break down barriers between the two campuses.
Officials say the joint program will enable students to draw upon the University of Maryland, College Park's expertise in subjects such as biostatistics and the social sciences while benefiting from opportunities for clinical research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
"This is the first of a series of announcements on these new programs being created between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore," said state university system Chancellor William E. Kirwan.
The joint public health initiative is one of several collaborative programs announced earlier this year under an effort called MPower Maryland. University officials hope the collaboration will create more opportunities for students to study, research and work in public health.