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Johns Hopkins graduate programs ranked among nation's best

Programs in nursing, public health, medicine, and biomedical engineering again top 'U.S. News & World Report' annual lists

Several Johns Hopkins University graduate programs are again ranked among the nation's best, including top rankings for programs in nursing, public health, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Graduate Schools list released today.

The rankings score programs and institutions based on data in two categories: expert opinion about a program's excellence and statistical scores based on the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. For the 2023 rankings, statistical surveys of more than 2,150 programs and reputation surveys sent to more than 23,200 academics and professionals were conducted in fall 2021 and early 2022. U.S. News also surveyed professionals who hire or work with new graduates.

"The Best Graduate Schools rankings evaluate schools across nearly 200 different areas, such as law, business, and nursing," said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. "We regularly update the methodology and add new programs to keep the rankings relevant and valuable for prospective students."


The School of Nursing's DNP program was ranked first in the nation, up from second last year. For the fifth consecutive year, the School of Nursing's master's degree program was ranked No. 1.

In specialty areas, the School of Nursing ranked:

  • Gerontology, Acute Care: No. 1 (tie)
  • Gerontology, Primary care: No. 1
  • Pediatric primary care: No. 2
  • Family: No. 3
  • Leadership: No. 3
  • Pediatric acute care: No. 4

"To be ranked the No. 1 master's program five years in a row, and now the No. 1 DNP program, reflects not only the strength of our programs but the distinction of our inclusive community," said Sarah Szanton, dean of the School of Nursing. "The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has always been known for its exceptional education; we will continue to advance nursing to improve the health of all."

Public health

The Bloomberg School retained its top rank among public health programs, and it was also ranked No. 1 (tied with Harvard University) for its program in biostatistics, a ranking U.S. News included for the first time this year because of the discipline's growth potential.

"The school received this recognition because of our collective talent, tireless drive, and commitment to changing lives through public health," said Ellen MacKenzie, dean of the Bloomberg School. "We are especially proud that this accolade reflects the high regard of our peer institutions, who are partners in our work to build a healthier world."


The School of Medicine tied for third in the research category. In specialty categories, the school ranked:

  • Internal medicine: No. 1
  • Radiology: No. 1
  • Surgery: No. 1 (tie)
  • Anesthesiology: No. 2
  • Psychiatry: No. 3
  • Pediatrics: No. 4
  • Obstetrics and gynecology: No. 6 (tie)

"We are certainly pleased to be considered so highly by U.S. News & World Report as a medical school and among ranked specialty programs," said Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "This represents the collective accomplishments and commitment to excellence of our faculty, staff, students, and trainees in education, research, and patient care. All of the medical schools and programs on this year's list are of high caliber, and it is a privilege to be in their company. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has a proud history of excellence, and we recognize our responsibility to build upon that legacy and provide training and education of the highest quality to the next generation of outstanding medical students, graduate students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows. This is, and will always be, our top priority."


Johns Hopkins tied for No. 14 in the Education category.

"Our improved ranking reflects the strong research productivity of our faculty members as well as our continuing ability to attract some of the nation's top students," said Christopher Morphew, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education. "The pandemic has hit educators hard, and we take this as a positive indicator of our increasing relevance, and our peers assessment of us, during this critical time in public education."


The university retained its No. 1 ranking in the engineering subcategory of biomedical engineering. Overall, engineering tied for 16th. In other subcategories, Johns Hopkins ranked:

  • Mechanical: No. 14
  • Environmental: No. 16
  • Electrical: No. 19
  • Chemical: No. 20
  • Computer science: No. 20
  • Materials: No. 20
  • Computer: No. 23
  • Civil: No. 26


Overall, the university's biology program tied for No. 6. In subcategories, the university ranked:

  • Molecular biology: No. 3 (tie)
  • Cell biology: No. 4
  • Neuroscience: No. 4 (tie)
  • Immunology: No. 5
  • Genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics: No. 6 (tie)
  • Biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology: No. 8


The university's graduate program in psychology tied for No. 12 overall and tied for fifth in the subcategory of behavioral neuroscience.


Overall, the university tied for 15th in the physics category. In subcategories, Johns Hopkins ranked ninth in cosmology/relativity/gravity and tied for 16th in condensed matter.


The university tied for 21st in the category of chemistry. It ranked 8th in the biochemistry subcategory.


Johns Hopkins tied for 21st in the mathematics category, ranked No. 10 in the topology subcategory, and tied for 16th in the analysis subcategory.


Johns Hopkins' program in economics tied for 22nd.

Public affairs

Overall, Johns Hopkins programs in public affairs tied for 35th. In subcategories, Johns Hopkins ranked:

  • Health policy and management: No. 1
  • Global policy: No. 4 (tie)
  • Public policy analysis: No. 29 (tie)

Editor's note: The subcategory ranking for topology was omitted from an earlier version of this article. The Hub regrets the oversight.