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The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act brought sweeping changes to Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and Rowan University.

The statute, which was signed by Governor Christie on August 22, 2012, became fully effective on July 1, 2013.

Changes as a Result of Integration

Legacy UMDNJ Units

Rutgers includes all of the units of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey except the following:

  • University Hospital in Newark is now an independent hospital, although it continues to be the primary teaching hospital for New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, and the School of Nursing.
  • The School of Osteopathic Medicine is now a school of Rowan University.
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences programs at Stratford transfer to Rowan University.

Governance Changes

The statute established the formation of several new governing and advisory bodies:

  • Rutgers–Camden Board of Directors
  • Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors
  • Rutgers–New Brunswick Advisory Board
  • Rutgers–Newark Advisory Board

Furthermore, it added a chancellor for Rutgers–New Brunswick and expanded the Rutgers Board of Governors from 11 to 15 members, with eight appointed by the New Jersey governor and seven selected by the Rutgers Board of Trustees.

See a chart of the governance and administrative structure established by the statute.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) was formed as a major new health care education, research, and clinical division at Rutgers University. RBHS comprises most of the units of the former UMDNJ, several existing Rutgers units with key health-related missions, and two research units that historically were jointly operated by Rutgers and UMDNJ.

• Cancer Institute of New Jersey
• Graduate School of Biomedical
• New Jersey Medical School
• Robert Wood Johnson Medical
• Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
(formerly New Jersey Dental School)
• School of Health Related Professions
• School of Nursing
• School of Public Health
• University Behavioral Health Care

From Rutgers
• College of Nursing
• Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
• Institute for Health, Health Care
Policy and Aging Research

Joint Centers and Institutes
• Center for Advanced Biotechnology
and Medicine
• Environmental and Occupational
Health Sciences Institute

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