'U.S. News' ranks JHU grad programs among nation's best

Several Johns Hopkins University graduate education programs—including education, medicine, and biological sciences—rank among the nation's best, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School rankings, released in March.

The School of Education was ranked first in the country by the magazine, up from the No. 2 position last year and from a tie for sixth in 2012.

The university's School of Medicine remains third-ranked in the list of top MD programs at research-oriented medical schools. The internal medicine program was No. 1, while the school ranked No. 2 in women's health, AIDS, and geriatrics; No. 3 in drug/alcohol abuse; and No. 4 in pediatrics.

In the list of best biological sciences programs, Johns Hopkins tied for fifth. The immunology/infectious disease program was No. 1 in that specialty, and the cell biology, molecular biology, and neuroscience/neurobiology programs were all No. 3.

The Whiting School of Engineering was ranked 27th out of 94 schools. Its biomedical engineering program retained its longtime No. 1 ranking, and the environmental engineering program was No. 8. The university's online engineering program ranked 14th, tied with that of the University of Maryland.

Other ranked Johns Hopkins programs were statistics, tied for fifth; physics, tied for 18th; chemistry, tied for 24th; mathematics, tied for 25th; computer science, 28th; and Earth sciences, tied for 30th.

The graduate programs at Johns Hopkins' schools of Public Health and Nursing were both ranked No. 1 in the nation in March 2011, the last time the magazine ranked programs in those specialty areas.