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CU-Health Sciences Center Graduate Programs Rank Among Nation’s BestPublished 4/7/2003

The 2003 U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of graduate schools has ranked several programs at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center among the best in the country.

The CU School of Medicine ranked 12th among primary care medical schools and 32nd among the nation’s research medical schools.

The CU School of Medicine also was newly ranked 10th in both the drug/alcohol specialty and the pediatrics specialty, and 8th in the family medicine specialty. In the CU-Health Sciences Center Graduate School, the Physician Assistant/Child Health Associate Program was ranked 6th, and the master’s of science degree in public health (MSPH) was ranked 6th nationally among programs accredited in community health.

"We are pleased to be recognized for these programs," said Dr. Richard Krugman, dean of the CU School of Medicine. "We are proud of the many other outstanding programs at the CU School of Medicine that may not have made this list, but are also terrific."

The CU School of Nursing also is included in this year’s annual ranking of graduate schools, where it is ranked 15th in the nation for its masters degree programs, also within the Graduate School. This year, the CU School of Nursing is ranked 1st in the pediatric nursing specialty, and is newly ranked 6th for the nursing service administration specialty and 10th for the gerontological/geriatric specialty. In other programs, community/public health for clinical nurse specialists ranked 7th.

"It is wonderful that the CU-Health Sciences Center School of Nursing master’s program and its options continue to be highly ranked. It is testimony to the outstanding work of our faculty, students and staff, as well as our graduates," said Pat Moritz, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the CU School of Nursing.

Also included in the guidebook to graduate schools published each year will be notable rankings from 2002. Last year, the CU School of Medicine ranked 9th among primary care medical schools and 31st among the nation’s research medical schools. Also in 2002, the school ranked 6th in the specialty of family medicine, 8th for its Physician Assistant/Child Health Associate Program and 10th in the specialty of AIDS, and the CU-Health Sciences Center Graduate School’s PhD education in the biological sciences, including a number of degrees, was ranked 41st in the nation.

The rankings will be available April 4 on the magazine’s Web site,, and will appear in the April 14 "America’s Best Graduate Schools" issue of U.S. News & World Report, as well as in the 2004 guidebook to graduate schools, both of which will be available Monday.

The rankings were determined by surveys of deans, faculty and administrators of accredited graduate programs and based on scholarship, curriculum and the quality of the program’s faculty and graduates.

Other factors considered in the medical school rankings included academic reputation, research activity, and the percentage of students entering internal medicine, family practice and pediatrics, academic performance of students, as well as the ratio of full-time faculty to full-time students.

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