NEWS | March 17, 2020

UC Davis schools of medicine and nursing receive high national rankings by U.S. News

Medical school now has three programs in top categories; nursing climbs to 40th best


The medical and nursing schools at UC Davis Health continue to rise into national prestige with the latest U.S. News & World Report's 2021 graduate school rankings released today.

The UC Davis School of Medicine further solidified its standing as one of the top medical schools in the nation for programs in primary care, family medicine – and, now, surgery.

Meanwhile, the 10-year-old Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis has quickly upped its position to become among the top 40 master’s-degree nursing programs.

The medical school is now ranked seventh in the category of primary care, improving from ninth last year. In the medical programs and specialties category for family medicine, the school placed ninth, which is four ranking levels better than the year before. The school broke into another spot, ranking 24th for its surgery program; last year that program was unranked.

As for the 2021 Best Medical Schools conducting research, UC Davis School of Medicine was ranked 40th. The criteria included peer assessment, average of 2018 and 2019 total National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants and the school’s acceptance criteria.

“As we are experiencing in real time, excellence in academic medicine plays an essential role in our society,” said Allison Brashear, dean of UC Davis School of Medicine. “At UC Davis we are committed to training the next generation of health care providers who are committed to providing compassionate primary care, groundbreaking research and innovative leadership to improve the health of our communities.”

U.S. News ranked the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and master’s degree leadership program as 40th, up six spots from last year’s rankings and tied with four other programs.

Alissa Gumbs, left, and her twin sister, Briana, celebrate their nursing degrees at the School of Nursing 2019 commencement

“I’m delighted that our School of Nursing continues to be recognized by our peers as a leading educator in graduate nursing degree programs,” said Stephen J. Cavanagh, dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. “In times like these, educating the next generation of health care leaders is more important than ever before. We continue to build on our vision of bold system change and improving health care for all.”

The UC Davis School of Medicine has long been known for preparing doctors for primary care careers through innovative programs that draw students from diverse backgrounds. One of the most recent initiatives is COMPADRE, a partnership with Oregon Health & Science University and funded by the American Medical Association. The program will boost medical education and residency opportunities in rural pockets between Sacramento and Portland.

Another recently announced effort is Reimagine Indians into Medicine, or RISE, which aims to boost the number of Native American medical students. The project is a partnership between the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Oregon Health & Science University and Washington State University Health Sciences.

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