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March 30, 2001

UW tops national primary-care medical school and nursing rankings

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

The University of Washington is No. 1 among primary-care medical schools and nursing schools in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of graduate programs and professional schools.

In the “Best Graduate Schools from U.S. News & World Report” on newsstands April 2, more than 40 UW programs and specialties hold rankings in the top 10 from among hundreds that were considered across the nation. New to top-10 lists this year are the UW’s programs in Asian history and occupational therapy. Many other programs have ranked in the top-10 for years, for example, this is the tenth year in a row that the medical specialties of family medicine and rural medicine have claimed No. 1 spots in their respective categories.

The rankings published are based on surveys conducted this year and last.

This is the eighth straight year that the School of Medicine has been named the top primary-care medical school. In the ranking of research medical schools, the UW was No. 11. Academic specialties ranked at the medical school were:
Family Medicine -1st
Rural Medicine-1st
Pediatrics -4th
AIDS-5th
Women’s Health-5th
Geriatrics -6th
Internal Medicine -7th
Microbiology-7th
Occupational Therapy-10th

The UW holds the ranking of No. 1 among nursing schools and nine academic specialties were ranked:
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-1st
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Medical/Surgical-1st
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community/Public Health-1st
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatry/Mental Health-1st
Family Nurse Practitioner-2nd
Adult Nurse Practitioner-2nd
Gerontological-2nd
Nursing Service Administration-3rd
Midwifery-10th

Other UW graduate programs and academic specialties ranked in the book are:

Social Work-3rd

Speech and Hearing Sciences (not ranked)
Speech Language Pathology-2nd
Audiology-4th

Drama/Theater-4th

Public Health-5th
Health Services Administration-4th

Computer Science-7th
Software -5th
Hardware-7th
Theory-8th
Artificial Intelligence-9th
Graphics: User Interaction-9th

Engineering-33rd
Bioengineering/Biomedical-6th (joint program between Engineering and School of Medicine)
Computer Engineering-7th

Asian History-10th

Creative Writing-10th

Pharmacy-13th

Physics-14th
Nuclear Physics -2nd
Atomic/Molecular Physics-8th

Sociology-16th
Social Psychology-7th

Psychology-17th
Clinical Psychology-2nd

Geology-18th
Geophysics-9th

Library Science-18th

Architecture-19th

Biological Sciences-20th

Political Science-23rd

Law-23rd

English-23rd

Public Affairs-24th
Environmental Policy and Management-5th
Nonprofit Management-7th

Mathematics-25th
Mathematical Statistics-9th

Education-26th
Special Education-7th

Music-30th

Business-41st

Selected rankings appear in the April 9 issue of U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are established using such measures as statistical analysis of selected academic attributes and surveys of deans and senior faculty at accredited schools in each discipline.
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For more information:
Richard Folkers, U.S. News & World Report, (202) 955-2219