The UAB AIDS and Health Administration programs again have been ranked among the nation’s Top 10 graduate programs, according to rankings released Thursday, April, 23, in U.S. News Media Group’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, available online at and featured in the May U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The AIDS program within the School of Medicine is ranked sixth, while the School of Health Professions master’s degree program in Health Administration is ranked seventh and its Nursing Anesthesia program is ranked 32nd. In the School of Nursing the Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner program is ranked 11th, and the master’s program is ranked 26th.

The School of Medicine’s Internal Medicine and Rural Medicine programs each ranked 15th, Women’s Health ranked 16th and Pediatrics ranked 20th. The School of Medicine also ranked 29th in research and 35th in primary care.

The master’s program in the School of Public Health is ranked 16th nationwide. The School of Health Professions’ Occupational Therapy program ranked 17th, the Physician Assistant program ranked 26th and the Physical Therapy program ranked 29th. The School of Engineering Biomedical program ranked 47th.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences had three programs ranked: Clinical Psychology, 50th, Public Affairs, 72nd, and Psychology master’s program, 91st.

UAB’s basic science departments are ranked 58th in the nation. The programs include the departments of biochemistry and molecular genetics, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, pathology, pharmacology and toxicology and physiology and biophysics.

The School of Education’s Rehabilitation Counseling program ranked 58th.

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.