U.S. News & World Report ranks a number of graduate programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) among the nation’s Top 10, including healthcare management, primary care, AIDS, nursing service administration and nursing practitioner adult. The latest rankings were released in the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” available online at www.usnews.com.
According to rankings released March 12, voted on in 2012, the School of Medicine primary care program rose to No. 10, up from No. 12. The level reflects the school’s commitment to produce physicians who pursue residencies in one of the primary care fields. Geriatrics ranked No. 12. The AIDS program in the School of Medicine ranked No. 8.
Last voted on in 2011, the School of Health Professions master’s degree program in healthcare management is No. 5 in the nation. Its physical therapy program is No. 19, and its physician assistant program is ranked No. 25. Public health is ranked No. 16. The School of Nursing’s master’s program is ranked No. 21. The nurse practitioner (adult) program is ranked No. 10, as is the nursing service administration program. The nurse practitioner (family) program is ranked No. 12.
Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. For the rankings in all five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 9,600 academics and professionals.
The magazine also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities on a rotating basis, usually every three years. These rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts, as are the health specialties.