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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Three University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Among Best Graduate Schools

PITTSBURGH, April 12, 2000 — Three schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh are among the top 20 in their categories in the "2001 Guide to America’s Best Graduate Schools" published by U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Nursing placed 12th on the U.S. News list. Founded in 1939, the School of Nursing offers a variety of graduate programs for students seeking careers as nurse scientists, teachers and informatics professionals.

The Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) ranked 13th. Established in 1948, the GSPH is world-renowned for contributions that have influenced public health practices and medical care for millions of people. It is the only fully accredited school of public health in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The School of Medicine earned the 19th spot. It employs a revolutionary new person-to-person curriculum that teaches the scientific and humanistic sides of medicine together, throughout all four years of medical education. Avoided is the traditional conceptual split between the scientific training of the first two years of medical school and the more clinical training of the last two years.

The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences are known internationally for excellence in training tomorrow's health care specialists and biomedical scientists, for groundbreaking research that advances understanding of the causes and treatments of disease and for participating in the delivery of quality care as a partner with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Among the many areas for which faculty and programs are internationally recognized are oncology, neurology, psychiatry, genetics, public health and transplantation. For more information about the Schools of the Health Sciences please access http://www.health.pitt.edu .

The rankings were determined by U.S. News based on data collected in more than 13,000 surveys. Data was analyzed using measures such as test scores, research expenditures and reputation ratings drawn from inside and outside of academia.

"While we are very pleased with these rankings, and our continuing ascent, it is important to note that much of the ranking is reputational and subjective," noted Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the Health Sciences and dean, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.

"When objective criteria are viewed, our schools rank even more highly," he added, pointing to ranking in terms of research funds received from the National Institutes of Health, in which the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine places eighth nationally out of 125 medical schools; the Graduate School of Public Health third, following Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities; and the School of Nursing eighth.

"This suggests that it takes time for a school’s ‘reputation’ to catch up to its current achievement," Dr. Levine added, "but we are most certainly on the right track."

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