U.S. News ranks UNMC educational programs among best

In the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Graduate Schools rankings released Tuesday, UNMC's primary care program is seventh out of 124 institutions across the country.

UNMC also tied for seventh in most graduates practicing in rural areas and 19th in most graduates practicing in primary care fields. Primary care is considered family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or internal medicine pediatrics.

Other UNMC programs also received rankings in the 2023 report.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area. The data came from statistical surveys of more than 2,150 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,200 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2021 and early 2022.

The rankings evaluate schools on faculty resources, academic achievements of entering students and qualitative assessments by schools and residency directors. The research rankings include two measures of research productivity, while the primary care rankings incorporate two metrics for graduates going into primary care. The Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on expert opinion about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

"We are pleased that UNMCs educational programs are ranked among the best in the country," said Dele Davies, MD, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. "The primary care and rural rankings are particularly gratifying because we have a long-standing commitment to primary care education and rural communities. These rankings also underscore our commitment and strengths in other health disciplines."

Other UNMC programs noted in the 2023 report:  

  • College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing practice: Tied for 50th of 158 ranked schools. Last year in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges issue, the college’s Bachelor of Nursing program ranked 10th among 694 programs in the country.
  • UNMC research: Tied for 53rd of 123 ranked schools.
  • College of Public Health: Tied for 54th of 190 ranked schools and programs.

In 2022, the following programs were ranked:

  • College of Pharmacy: 28th in the nation out of 141 schools.
  • College of Allied Health Professions' physical therapy program: 34th of 239 out of ranked programs.
  • College of Allied Health Professions' physician assistant program: Tied for 15th out of 170 ranked programs.

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