Ranking news: U.S. News grad schools, NIH funding & more

March 10, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Our Employees,

Today, U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual Best Graduate Schools rankings, including new rankings for research and primary care medical schools, and for nursing and public health schools.

Also recently, an informal ranking of National Institutes of Health research funding to medical schools in federal fiscal year 2014 became available, as did new rankings of medical residency programs by size and reputation.

Key highlights:

Graduate Education:

  • According to the new U.S. News data, the U-M Medical School ranks 10th among research-based medical schools, up from 12th last year.
  • The Medical School ranked 5th among medical schools for primary care training, up from 8th last year.
  • Residency directors rated our graduates highly, placing us in a tie for fourth place on that score. Among residency directors in primary care disciplines, we tied for second place.
  • Six Medical School training specialties ranked in the very top tier in the country, with Geriatrics tied for 4th; Internal Medicine, Women’s Health and Family Medicine each ranking 7th; Pediatrics ranking 12th; and AIDS ranking 16th.
  • The School of Nursing is tied for 6th in the nation for master’s level training, in the first ranking based on both statistical and reputational data.
  • In reputation-based rankings, the School of Nursing tied for 2nd in training in nurse administration, and is 3rd in the training of nurse practitioners specializing in adult/geriatric and family care. It’s also9th for nurse practitioner training in pediatric primary care, 10th in nurse midwifery training, and 10th in training nurse practitioners in acute care for adults and seniors. Nursing schools were last ranked in 2011.
  • The School of Public Health has once again ranked 1st in the nation for training in health care management, and 4th for public health training.


  • An informal ranking of medical schools by their federal 2014 NIH funding totals shows U-M was 12th overall, with a total of $282,337,836. NIH does not compile rankings; the data come from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.
  • In all, 13 of the Medical School’s departments rank in the top 10 in the nation for NIH research funding for their discipline. All rank in the top 35.

Medical Residency:

  • UMHS is the 4th largest teaching hospital in the country, according to a recent ranking compiled by Modern Healthcare magazine based on Medicare data.

U-M is strong across the board

As the grid here shows, U-M has highly ranked schools in a broad range of fields in health, medicine, science, engineering, business and law, as well as highly regarded hospitals. In fact, U-M is unique in the country in having Top 20 placements for so many graduate programs, and top-performing adult and children’s hospitals.

No new rankings for science, pharmacy and social work graduate programs were issued this year, so the grid contains the latest rankings in these disciplines.

The next U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings for children’s hospitals will come out this spring; rankings for adult hospitals will come out in July.

Although no ranking can truly assess the excellence of a particular school or college, the U.S. News rankings, Doximity residency rankings and informal NIH funding ranking help show how strong U-M is across the board.

For more about this year’s Best Graduate Schools rankings, see  http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools

For more Medical School research funding metrics, see http://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/research/metrics-breakthroughs