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U.S. News and World Report Gives High Marks to Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

PITTSBURGH, April 5, 2000 — Several graduate programs of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) have earned top spots in U.S. News and World Report’s 2001 annual graduate school ranking guide.

The Department of Physical Therapy finished third among physical therapy departments across the nation. Two programs under the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders – Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology – were ranked 18th and 23rd, respectively.

"We are pleased with the recognition of our program in the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings," said Clifford Brubaker, Ph.D., professor and dean, SHRS. "We particularly appreciate the high regard accorded our physical therapy program as the third-ranked program in the United States. Over the past nine years I have had the pleasure of observing the transformation of our PT program and its faculty to its present status as a scholarly, comprehensive and innovative academic enterprise. This description is equally applicable to our programs in speech language pathology and audiology that also were recognized for excellence in the rankings.

"I have believed that our program improvements would eventually result in comparable improvements in our ranking. We have committed ourselves to continuous improvement in all of our programs. We trust that this will continue to be recognized in national rankings," he added.

The rankings were determined by the responses of accredited graduate school deans, faculty and administrators, who were asked to rate the degree their programs’ academic quality based on curriculum, faculty and graduates. Their responses were then averaged across all of the school’s respondents.

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers educational programs for entry-level and advanced education in selected health professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation science and technology, communication science and disorders, clinical dietetics and nutrition, emergency medicine, health information management, and administration and supervision in health care institutions. These programs educate professionals and leaders who are fully prepared to offer high-quality, effective health care in these specialties and to conduct research aimed at restoring and sustaining health, function, and quality of life. The school has major research interests in wheelchair mobility and improved technology and rehabilitation for people with long-term disabilities.

For more information on SHRS, please access http://www.shrs.pitt.edu.

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