Two HSC Programs Ranked Among Nation's Top Ten

Two HSC Programs Ranked Among Nation's Top Ten

Apr 14, 2003 6:00 PM

Two HSC programs--both from the medical school's Department of Family and Preventive Medicine--are among the top 10 in the country for the first time. The Utah Physician Assistant Program ranks 5th, and the Community Health program ranks 6th, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual graduate school rankings. The U was ranked in six categories, more than any other Utah school.

The rankings bolster the U's reputation as a top health professions educator. The medical school continues to rise in the rankings among top primary-care schools, moving up seven spots to 40th place.

"Our strong showing in primary care reflects the importance we place on supplying graduates to serve the unique needs of Utah and the vast geographic area surrounding it," said A. Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school.

"This year's rankings pay a well-deserved compliment to our Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, with its excellent family practice and physician assistant training programs and longstanding reputation in community health."

Students, when deciding which college to attend, commonly use U.S. News & World Report rankings in making their choice.

The rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that describe the strength of a school's faculty, its research, and the performance of students both as they enter and leave.

U.S. News gathered indicator and opinion data by surveying more than 1,000 programs and nearly 7,000 academics and other professionals in the fall of 2002.

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