University of Washington School of Public Health

UW SPH News: UW School of Public Health Ranks Sixth in Nation

UW School of Public Health Ranks Sixth in Nation


The University of Washington School of Public Health once again ranked among the top public health graduate schools in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report, which updates its rankings of public health schools every three years, released its latest ratings on March 10. The School maintained its rank of sixth, receiving a rating of 4.2 out of a possible 5, with 1 being marginal and 5 being outstanding. It ranked third among publicly funded schools of public health.

The rankings are based on peer assessment surveys sent to deans, administrators and faculty at more than 50 accredited degree programs and schools in fall 2014.

The rankings reflect the School's commitment to education, research and service and its dedication to creating healthier communities around the world, from Seattle to Senegal. Founded in 1970, the School enrolls more than 1,300 graduate and undergraduate students and employs nearly 1,000 full- and part-time faculty.

With five departments, numerous degree programs, and more than 50 research centers, the School's cutting-edge research has led to advancements in public health from HIV prevention and control to building more sustainable communities. The School has begun expanding efforts in key areas, including obesity and physical activity; global environmental change and human health; and genomics and public health.

The School's Master of Health Administration program ranked #10 in Health Care Management, tied with Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Trinity University and the University of Iowa.

The School's Department of Biostatistics was tied with Harvard for third in the statistics category, which combines biostatistics and statistics programs. However, the two universities ahead of UW – Stanford and U.C. Berkeley – do not have biostatistics departments. These programs were ranked last year.

The UW has 38 graduate schools and specialty programs among the nation's top 10 in each area, according to U.S. News.

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