Johns Hopkins graduate programs rated among nation's best by 'U.S. News'

Public Health, Education again No. 1 in publication's annual rankings

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Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in education, medicine, public health, and nursing—and in individual disciplines including biomedical engineering—remain among the best in the nation, according to the newest U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate School" rankings.

The report, released Tuesday, ranks JHU's programs in public health and education No. 1 in the nation. Johns Hopkins is also ranked No. 2 for nursing and No. 3 for medicine.

The master's and doctoral programs at the university's Bloomberg School of Public Health have held the No. 1 spot every year since the magazine began ranking schools of public health more than 20 years ago (new public health rankings are released every four years).

"We are honored and humbled that our peers have once again made us the No. 1 school of public health in the United States, even during this time of explosive growth in public health education," said Michael J. Klag, dean of Bloomberg School. "We are in this position because of the great work of our faculty, top-notch students, active alumni, dedicated staff, and the many donors and organizations that we work with. They enable us, through research, education and practice, to protect health and save lives—millions at a time."

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The Johns Hopkins School of Education landed first in its category for the second consecutive year, ahead of Harvard and Stanford. The school had ranked second in 2013 and sixth in 2012.

David W. Andrews, dean of the School of Education, said his program's repeat first-place ranking is welcome news to those who have worked to elevate the school's standing. In the past year, he said, the school has expanded its doctoral programs, led the way in developing evidence-based models of instruction, and attracted an increasing number of top scholars to its faculty.

"I am proud and honored that the hard work and commitment of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to improving educational opportunities for all learners has helped us achieve this national recognition," Andrews said. "We are committed to providing students with the best possible education by ensuring access to high-quality teachers, excellent research-based programs, and the most effective school leaders."

The School of Nursing's master's degree programs tied for second with those at the University of California-San Francisco, down from a No. 1 rankings when nursing programs were last ranked in 2011. The U.S. News methodology for ranking nursing schools changed this year, adding statistical measures—such as research funding—to the ranking algorithm in addition to data from a reputational survey. The School of Nursing ranked no lower than seventh in five of the nursing specialty categories, finishing tied for second in programs for nurse practitioners in adult acute care. The school's online programs rank third, up from 24th last year.

"This top-ranked recognition is a reflection of the strategic and innovative work of our faculty, students, and alumni who work locally and globally to improve health through nursing research and practice," said School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson. "The rankings are a reminder that our work is never done and that we need to continue to be open to new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships to advance the nursing profession."

The university's School of Medicine tied for third in the nation on U.S. News & World Report's list of top research-oriented medical programs. The school held the third spot alone in 2014 and 2013, and tied for second in 2012. The school's programs in internal medicine and geriatrics ranked first in those specialties, while the AIDS program ranked second. The programs in both drug and alcohol abuse and in women's health ranked third. The school's pediatrics program ranked fourth.

The Whiting School of Engineering jumped two spots to a tie for 25th place, along with Penn State. The biomedical engineering program, a joint program of the Whiting School and the School of Medicine, remained first in the nation. The university's programs in environmental engineering and environmental health tied for eighth, the same positions they held a year ago.

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