UNMC's health care programs also received high rankings in the 2020 report:
- Physician Assistant: tied for 15th out of 170 programs;
- Public Health: tied for 56th out of 177 schools and programs;
- Research: tied for 65th out of 152 schools;
- Nursing - master's: tied for 64th out of 252 schools; and
- Nursing - doctoral: tied for 67th out of 182 schools.
"UNMC is pleased that we continue to be recognized for the excellence of our programs, said UNMC Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dele Davies, M.D.
"The overall high rankings offer reason to take pride in the dedication, hard work and innovation of UNMC faculty and staff in educating our students, while also addressing the critical workforce needs of the communities we serve. We also are pleased that our total research impact and portfolio continues to grow, reaching a record high of nearly $136 million in fiscal year 2018, an almost 16 percent increase compared with the previous year."
The primary care ranking included indicators such as student admission statistics (MCAT, GPA and acceptance rate), the percentage of graduates entering primary care residencies, peer assessment, assessment by residency program directors and other factors.
The research ranking included the total dollar amount of NIH research grants and the average amount of those grants per full-time medical school science and clinical faculty member.
For health schools specialties, U.S. News sent peer assessment surveys to deans, other administrators and faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline.
For the best nursing schools rankings, U.S. News used 14 indicators to evaluate the nursing master's and doctoral programs. Those indicators included rate of acceptance, program size, student-faculty ratio, faculty credentials and research.