The University of South Carolina announced March 30 its School of Medicine Columbia is the top medical program in the country for graduates who are practicing in areas where there is a shortage of health care professionals.
The announcement is part of the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate School rankings.
“We are proud to be producing graduates who are committed to providing exceptional patient care to underserved communities,” said Dr. Les Hall, dean of the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia. “Our school was established to create a pipeline of quality health care professionals for South Carolina. These rankings are a clear illustration that we are achieving that mission and more.”
The Columbia medical school also ranks No. 45 for the number of doctors practicing in primary care specialties and No. 54 for graduates practicing direct patient care in rural areas. The School of Medicine is ranked No. 76 nationally in primary care, improving 14 spots from last year’s U.S. News rankings.
Joining the Columbia medical school in the rankings is the university’s International MBA program in its Darla Moore School of Business, which retained its No. 1 ranking for the eighth consecutive year.
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The international business master’s program has been ranked in the top three for 32 straight years.
“From meeting the health care needs of South Carolina’s underserved communities to preparing graduates to excel in careers in all corners of the world, these rankings demonstrate the work our faculty, staff and students do each day to improve the lives of people across the state, nation and world,” UofSC provost and executive vice president of academic affairs William Tate said.
The university’s ranked professional and graduate programs include the humanities, sciences, technology, engineering, law, health sciences and business areas of study.
Other new U.S. News rankings include:
- 7th for school library media
- 9th for services for children and youth
- 17th for library and information studies
- 23rd for criminology program
- 25th for part-time MBA, nuclear engineering and speech language pathology
Based on the rankings, UofSC has more than 60 nationally ranked programs.
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