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Johns Hopkins Grad Programs Rank Among Nation’s Best

March 12, 2019
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Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in public health, nursing and medicine are once again among the country’s very best, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s “Best Graduate Schools.”

The Bloomberg School of Public Health landed again in the No. 1 spot it has held for several years. The School of Nursing master’s degree programs held its first place position while the School of Medicine maintained second place among research-oriented medical schools. Its internal medicine, surgery, radiology and anesthesiology programs were all also No. 1.

The School of Education jumped 10 positions to be tied for 7th while the Whiting School of Engineering moved up for the fifth straight year to be tied for 17th. Other disciplines, such as the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, were not newly ranked this year. U.S. News will continue to use rankings from earlier years in those fields until they are ranked again.

The U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today, are based on a number of indicators, including an institution’s global and national reputation, publications and citations, research statistics, admitted student information and other factors.

In addition to the School of Nursing’s top-ranked master’s program – which had ranked first last year after a second-place listing in 2017 – the school’s doctor of nursing practice program was also ranked No. 1 this year. The school’s programs in several nursing specialties made the U.S. News top five: administration; nurse practitioner adult/gerontology: acute care; nurse practitioner adult/gerontology: primary care; nurse practitioner family; and nurse practitioner psychiatric/mental health across the lifespan.

“Having three No. 1 rankings in our master’s, DNP, and online programs speaks volumes to our leadership, faculty, and students across the board and our commitment to excellence in all areas of nursing education, research, and practice,” said Patricia Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing. “This is a significant recognition of the work that we do to define the future of nursing and advocate for exceptional education, patient health, and the upward movement of the profession.

“I am proud of the faculty, students, and staff who are the true force behind the rankings. It has been a successful year, and we look forward to remaining a strong and active contributor to nursing’s impact locally and globally.”

The university’s School of Medicine earned second place among research-oriented medical schools, the same spot it held in 2018. In addition to its specialty areas that ranked No. 1, Johns Hopkins’ programs in pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and psychiatry were all ranked in the top four.

“We are very proud of this recognition,” said Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Since our beginnings more than a century ago, the faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins have worked very hard to offer the best possible training to the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists. The true joy of our endeavor, though, comes from seeing the patients that our students go on to treat and the discoveries they go on to make.”

The Bloomberg School of Public Health has held the No. 1 spot since 1994.

“We are honored by this ranking. Our School’s strength comes from our faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends who work every day with deep dedication and fierce urgency to save lives and improve health worldwide,” said Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie. “We will continue to work deliberately and passionately to ensure that the value of the public health approach to solving today’s health challenges is both understood and practiced for the greatest impact.”

The biomedical engineering graduate program maintained its longtime top spot in the rankings. Other ranked specialties in engineering included chemical engineering, 20th; civil engineering, tied for 26th; computer engineering, tied for 28th; electrical, electronic and communications engineering, tied for 19th; materials engineering, tied for 16th; and mechanical engineering, tied for 14th.

Environmental and environmental health engineering ranked tied for 26th. Those programs are part of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, a joint program of the Whiting School and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The university ranked 53rd for public affairs, tied with six universities. Ranked specialties in this program included health policy and management, tied for 3rd; and international/global policy, 9th.

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