|Carolina still top public school of public health|
|March 30, 2007|
School remains tied for second place overall
Carolina's School of Public Health again is ranked the leading public school of public health by U.S. News & World Report. Our School tied with Harvard University for #2 in the overall rankings, following the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the rankings released Friday, March 30, by the magazine.
Additionally, the School ranked third in the magazine's health-care management category for master's degree programs, and fourth for community/public health nursing under the nursing specialties category. The School also tied for eighth place in environmental/environmental health, listed under engineering schools, noteworthy because UNC has no engineering school. The ranking reflects programs in our School's department of environmental sciences and engineering.
Overall, many UNC graduate schools and programs fared well in the latest rankings. For more information specific to UNC, please see www.unc.edu.
Rankings of schools of public health come out every three to four years and are based on surveys taken of public health deans and other academic experts (peer assessments). U.S. News and World Report first ranked graduate programs in 1987, and it has done so annually since 1990. Business, education, engineering, law and medicine are ranked annually. Other disciplines and specialties in the sciences, social sciences and humanities are ranked periodically.
"We are proud and delighted that leaders in other schools of public health recognize the strength and value of our School," said Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean of the UNC School of Public Health. "These rankings are just one indicator of a school's value and reputation, and we don't want to make more of them than warranted. But the fact is that prospective students and others use the rankings as key information in their searches for information. Applicants are consumers who deserve the best possible information, and the rankings are part of the package."
Rounding out the top 10 schools of public health were: #4 - University of Washington; #5 - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; #6 - Columbia University; #7 - Emory University; #8 (tie) - University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Los Angeles; #10 - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Rimer noted that the survey on which the rankings are based took place last fall, before the School announced a $50 million gift from Dr. Dennis and Joan Gillings to create an initiative called Accelerated Public Health Solutions.
"Carolina's School of Public Health is renowned for our ability to translate research into practical use," Rimer said. "We now will have the resources to get those solutions into practice even faster, with the potential to exert an even greater positive impact on the public's health in North Carolina and around the world. Irrespective of the rankings, we will do what we always have done -- strive each day to be the very best school we can be."
Results can be found at www.usnews.com. Highlights of graduate school rankings are scheduled for publication in the April 9 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, available on newsstands beginning Monday, April 2. The 2007 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools guidebook goes on sale Tuesday, April 3.
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|Last updated March 30, 2007|