In an effort to continue serving the urban population, Morgan State University is in the works of constructing a College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Morgan State University (MSU), founded in 1867, is a doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. In 2017, MSU was designated as Maryland’s preeminent public urban research university. While the school has always been known to be a public urban research university, this designation acts as an official stamp by the State of Maryland .
To continue their mission of providing higher education and graduate study in the Baltimore area, MSU will be adding a medical school to the campus. The College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU will be the first medical school to be offered at a historically black college. After graduating from this medical school, graduates will obtain a D.O degree (doctor of osteopathic). Doctors of Osteopathic medicine use a unique whole-person approach to help prevent illness and injury. According to the American Osteopathic Association, DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. Additionally, they are also trained to look beyond your symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors impact your well-being.
Currently Baltimore has two medical schools, The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the John Hopkins School of Medicine. The construction of The College of Osteopathic Medicine will be the third for the city and first for an HBCU.
The university will begin accepting it’s first class in fall of 2024. However the medical school should be finished by 2026. Although the college will accept students before the physical medical facility is built, students pursuing degrees in osteopathic medicine will complete classes in other facilities on campus.