US News ranks Gillings School top public health school in a public university; tied for #2 among all schools

March 12, 2019

The dean of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health says she is delighted to share the latest rankings information, published March 12 by U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Barbara K. Rimer

Dean Barbara K. Rimer

“We are thrilled and grateful to be ranked by our peers the number one public school of public health and tied for second among all public health schools and programs,” said Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School.

Rimer said the School’s leaders never take the top ranking for granted and seek to earn it every day.

“The ranking reflects the dedication of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors to improve public health and eliminate health inequities, across North Carolina and around the world,” she said. “While schools and programs may compete on rankings, we are united in our commitment to improve the public’s health.”

This is the third consecutive rankings period in which the UNC Gillings School has been ranked the top public school of public health and tied for second, or ranked second, overall. Since U.S. News and World Report first ranked public health schools more than 30 years ago (in 1987), the Gillings School has been ranked among the top three schools of public health.

“We are extremely proud that our Healthcare Management Program (U.S. News category) is ranked No. 3 in the current rankings,” said Rimer.

Read more here about that ranking of the Department of Health Policy and Management’s Master of Healthcare Administration program.

“The Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering program also is ranked highly — 18th among engineering programs. There is no engineering school at UNC-Chapel Hill,” Rimer said.

U.S. News rankings for public health are released every three years, based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans and selected associate deans at Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited public health schools, and, for the first time, directors of CEPH-accredited public health programs. Each of the 64 schools and 113 programs was judged on overall academic quality on a scale of ‘outstanding’ to ‘marginal.’

Full rankings are available here.


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