NEWS | March 20, 2018

UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Nursing rise in U.S. News rankings

School of Medicine's primary care in the "Top 10"


The medical and nursing schools at UC Davis Health are ranked among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 graduate school rankings, released today (March 20). The list reveals new rankings for medical and nursing programs, as well as business, law, education, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences.

UC Davis School of Medicine is now one of the ten best in the nation for primary care training, rising to number 10 from 18th in 2017; and ranked 39th nationally for research, up from 45th last year. The rising rankings underscore UC Davis’ unique dual role as both an academic medical center for teaching and research, and delivering excellent care for the community, including underserved patients and people in need.

UC Davis School of Medicine is well-known for its commitment to primary care. At the school’s Match Day last Friday, when fourth-year medical students were matched with residency training programs, a record 60 percent of students chose primary care residencies. Additionally, the School of Medicine has made major gains in research funding.

“We are pleased that our renowned medical education program is recognized as one of the top 10 for primary care by U.S. News,” said UC Davis School of Medicine Interim Dean Lars Berglund. “UC Davis has long been proactive in educating a future primary care workforce that is skilled, responsive to, and culturally respectful of the many communities it goes on to serve.”

The master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis jumped six spots, placing at 46th in the nation. The program prepares graduates for health care leadership roles in a variety of organizations and as nurse faculty at the community-college level. Since the first class entered in 2010, there are now 146 alumni who work in all major health care systems in Northern California and beyond.

“I’m continually amazed and inspired by our leadership graduates and the impact they have in their places of work. This recognition by U.S. News & World Report and our peers affirms the quality of our program,” said the School of Nursing’s Founding Dean Heather M. Young.

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The annual Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on data including survey results relating to academic excellence and statistical indicators that assess the achievements of a program or school’s students and faculty.

The complete Best Graduate Schools rankings are available on the U.S. News and World Report website.