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The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, UMD is home to more than 41,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 377,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas

At the School of Public Health, we know that the world's grand challenges, from the climate crisis to chronic disease, require innovative and interdisciplinary tools, techniques and technology to reshape the health of populations. Problem solving is at the very heart of our discipline. 

Innovation resources include: 

Gold Public Health Innovation Award

The Gold Public Health Innovation Award recognizes and rewards creative solutions to the world’s most complex public health issues. Students can compete for up to $5,000 in start-up funding. Top student entrepreneurs deliver pitches to a panel of thought leaders and health entrepreneurs who select the winner(s).

Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship empowers University of Maryland students and faculty to become creative problem solvers by engaging them in innovation tools and mindsets.

Innovation Gateway

The Innovation Gateway is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship resources. Our students have access classes, programs, clubs, consulting groups, maker spaces, hackathons, accelerators, internships, mentors, pitch competitions, online networks funding and more.

Top 10
Princeton Review ranked UMD as a top school for entrepreneurship for the 5th consecutive year. UMD ranks #7 overall for undergraduate entrepreneurship education and #3 among all public universities in Entrepreneur magazine's 2020 rankings.
Winners of the Gold Public Health Innovation Award receive up to $5K in start up funding.