Univ. of Minn.'s health schools rise in rankings

Not bad, doc.

The University of Minnesota has announced the climb of five of six Academic Health Center schools in the U.S. News & World Report national rankings.

Here’s its edited release:

Five of the U’s six health sciences schools rise in national comparison

Five schools within the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center have demonstrated significant gains in the latest national rankings from U.S. News & World Report.  (Dental schools are not ranked by the annual survey.)

The latest rankings, appearing on newsstands tomorrow, show each school ranked nationally as follows:

  • The Medical School ranks 13th overall among public institutions and climbed four spots among all schools nationally.
  • The College of Pharmacy remains ranked 3rd nationally.
  • The School of Public Health ranks 4th among public institutions, and climbed two spots to 8th among all national schools.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine climbed one spot to 9th nationally.
  • The School of Nursing is ranked among the top 25 schools in the country.

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 6th in the nation in primary care education, 4th in the nation in rural medicine and 11th 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’s health care management program now ranks 2nd in the nation.

The School of Nursing

The School of Nursing’s clinical nurse specialist program focused on community and public health ranks 6th nationally.

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.