Hopkins public health school gets top ranking in survey

March 13, 1994|By Jonathan Bor | Jonathan Bor,Sun Staff Writer

The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health has && been ranked the best graduate school of its kind in a nationwide survey published this week in U.S. News & World Report.

The rating was based on a survey of 50 deans, top administrators and senior faculty members at accredited schools public health across the country. It was conducted by Market Facts Inc., a private research company.

"We're delighted to be so highly recognized by our colleagues," said Dr. Alfred Sommer, dean of the Hopkins graduate school. "We remain dedicated to preparing bright young men and women from around the world to promote health and prevent disease."

In the rankings, Hopkins was followed by Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Washington and the University of Michigan.

This is the first year that U.S. News has ranked public health graduate schools. In its annual survey of hospitals, Johns Hopkins Hospital has ranked first for the past three years.

Founded in 1916, the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health was the first institution of its kind in the United States. It is the largest school of public health in the world. This year, it will graduate 222 students with master's degrees.

The school traditionally has attracted an international student body; about 40 percent of this year's class comes from foreign countries. Most return to their home countries, taking jobs ranging from senior positions in government to grass-roots work among refugees.

U.S. students take jobs with academic institutions, government agencies and private companies such as health maintenance organizations.

About 70 percent of the students have medical degrees, and all have held health-care jobs.

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