Public Health No. 5 among the World’s Top University Programs

Friday, April 7, 2017

The University of Washington School of Public Health has some of the best research programs in the world, according to a new global ranking of academic programs at top universities.

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked the UW No. 5 globally for public, environmental and occupational health, No. 6 for health policy and services, and No. 8 for toxicology.

“These global rankings are based on research productivity,” says Joel Kaufman, interim dean of the UW School of Public Health. “They confirm what we know: That our research in the public health sciences is at the top of our fields and of very high impact. I am proud of this independent international recognition of our excellence and impact.”

The CWUR ranked the UW in the top 10 of 45 academic programs, including several areas of study supported by research from the School of Public Health. Among them are:

  • Genetics and heredity (5th)
  • Health care sciences and services (8th)
  • Immunology (4th)
  • Infectious diseases (4th)
  • Medical informatics (3rd, tied)
  • Statistics and probability (4th)
  • Virology (3rd, tied)

The CWUR ranking features the top global universities in 227 subjects covering all academic disciplines in the sciences and social sciences. The CWUR Ranking by Subject 2017 is based on the number of peer-reviewed research articles in top-tier journals. Data is obtained from Clarivate Analytics, previously the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the School No. 6 among the top public health graduate schools in the United States. The School is ranked third among publicly funded schools of public health.

See the full CWUR rankings

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