by Sarah Gantz   Baltimore Business Journal 


University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park are moving forward with plans for a collaborative school of public health, administrators said Tuesday.

The two schools have begun the national accreditation process for a single public health school. The move would combine their individual public health schools in an effort to pool resources and expand opportunities for students.

“What will change is that the collaboration creates new opportunities and brings together complementary strengths from each campus,” Dr. Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, said in a statement.

The venture is part of an initiative between University of Maryland, Baltimore and College Park, called MPowering the State, which was approved in March after the Board of Regents in December rejected a proposal to merge the two schools.

If the joint public health school is approved, it could issue its first masters degrees in 2014.