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U of M’s Academic Health Center performs solidly in rankings

Nine programs within the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center have ranked in the top ten in the latest national rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings, appearing on newsstands this week, show each school ranked nationally as follows:

  • The Medical School ranks 7th in primary care instruction, just one of three stand out areas.
  • The College of Pharmacy holds its impressive 3rd place ranking.
  • The School of Public Health ranks 5th among public universities and 8th nationally.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine maintained a strong 9th place ranking.
  • The School of Nursing is ranked among the top 25 schools in the country.

“Our success in areas impacting the daily lives of so many people shows the dedication of the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center to translating learning into action,” said Aaron Friedman, M.D., vice president for health sciences and dean of the Medical School.

In addition to the national ranks of the University of Minnesota’s health sciences schools, many programs received high national rankings.

The Medical School

The Medical School ranks 7th in the nation in primary care education, 5th in the nation in rural medicine and 10th in family medicine, all areas critical to curtailing physician shortages in Minnesota and across the nation.

The School of Public Health

The School of Public Health received accolades for its Masters of Healthcare Administration program, which ranks 2nd in the nation.

The School of Nursing

The School of Nursing’s graduate program in public health nursing ranks 6th nationally.  A program focused on midwifery has also been successful, being named the #8 program in the nation.

According to Friedman, growing the health sciences programs is the result of bright students working with world-class faculty and researchers. Those partnerships allow for a great partnership and a great economic impact for the state of Minnesota.

“We believe these rankings show our dedication to partnering with both the Twin Cities and our rural communities,” said Friedman.

The US News & World Report survey ranks schools according to the quality of training in both research and primary care – including acceptance rates, faculty resources, and the number of graduates. Research activity also was measured by funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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