March 10, 2015

Jeanette Grider

Graduate Programs Score in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Saint Louis University programs have earned high honors in the new U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Rankings, including the No. 1 program in health law in the nation for the 11th year.

In the magazine's 2016 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," a total of 13 SLU programs were ranked in the top 100, including five top-25 programs. The College for Public Health and Social Justice, the School of Business, the School of Law and the School of Medicine all made gains this year.

Health Law Tops List Again

The Center for Health Law Studies has been recognized as a top health law program since U.S. News began ranking health law. Established in 1982, the Center was one of the first law school programs to focus on the intersection of the health care system and legal system. Under direction from nationally renowned faculty, the Center has celebrated more than 30 years of national and international leadership in health law scholarship and education.

"The number of health law programs continues to increase," said Rob Gatter, J.D., co-director of the Center for Health Law Studies. "We are honored to be given the top distinction among such a prestigious field that includes law schools like Harvard and Georgetown. It is a testament to our faculty's strong scholarship and sought-after expertise coupled with our innovative approach to the classroom and practical experiences we provide law students."

"We are lucky to be part of an institution that supports health programs across the University," added Thomas (Tim) Greaney, J.D., co-director for the Center. "Our successful collaborations with our colleagues have helped us produce top-rated dual degree programs and unique opportunities for our students that reach beyond the boundaries of the law school."

The School of Law was ranked No. 87 and is joined by the part-time law program, which is ranked No. 31.

Medical, Healthcare Programs Ranked in Top 100

Six of SLU's medical and healthcare programs, including health care administration (7), public health (23), medical-primary care (57), medical-research (67), physician assistant (27) and nursing (51) were also ranked by U.S. News this year.

As the nation grappled with ways to better deliver healthcare, SLU created a new College for Public Health and Social Justice in 2012, bringing together the well-established schools of public health and social work and criminal justice program to address the health and well-being of society's most vulnerable. With six undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs, the College is the only accredited college of public health in Missouri and the only accredited Catholic or Jesuit college of public health in the nation.

At a time when the number of schools and colleges of public health has increased by more than 50 percent, SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice has remained focused on recruiting and retaining great faculty and growing top-notch programs, said Edwin Trevathan, M.D., MPH, dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice.

"The college's rapid rise in the rankings is a manifestation of the outstanding support of our new and growing college by the University, and the hard work and great performance of our college's faculty, staff, students and alumni. Greater days and higher rankings, I predict, are in the future," Trevathan said.

"The Master of Health Administration program's continued ranking in the top 10 is recognition of the level of national excellence that our faculty, staff, students and alumni have achieved. Even ranked seventh in the country, I believe that our MHA program is under-ranked and is one of the top programs for preparing health leaders in the world," Trevathan added.

The rankings also rose in the primary care and research categories for the School of Medicine, which educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research and provides health care on a local, national and international level.

Many of the school's approximately 550 faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized scholars, clinicians and teachers. The medical school teaches approximately 700 medical students and 600 residents in 50 graduate medical education programs, including residencies, subspecialty residencies and fellowships.

"I'm delighted to see Saint Louis University School of Medicine's rise in the U.S. News ranking for primary care and research. The primary care ranking reflects our strong emphasis on clinical excellence and compassion in treating patients, which prepares our students to deliver the best possible care to their patients in primary care or the medical specialty of their choice," said Philip Alderson, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine.

"Further, the rise in our research ranking demonstrates our ongoing commitment to scientific inquiry, which has a global reach in advancing the practice of medicine beyond those patients whom we treat directly."

The physician assistant education program, ranked 27, is among the allied health programs in Doisy College of Health Sciences that prepare more than 1,600 students to become health care professionals who positively impact people every day. Its faculty are gifted teachers, accomplished scholars and seasoned practitioners who build on a tradition of excellence in health care education through constant innovation and advancement.

"As we continue to recruit outstanding students and work to make constant advances within the physician assistant program, we are delighted that it remains among one of the best in the country," said Mardell Wilson, Ed.D., dean of Doisy College of Health Sciences. "The evolving health care landscape creates new opportunities for primary care providers, and we're proud to continue to be a leader in this important arena."

Not all programs are ranked every year. Other previously ranked programs in Doisy College of Health Sciences include physical therapy (34) and occupational therapy (36).

The School of Nursing also is among the top ranked, at number 51, in the nation. Nationally recognized for expert faculty, innovation and pioneering programs, it is the first nursing school in the state to offer a Ph.D. program and introduced the area's first clinical doctoral degree for advanced nurse practitioners. Through its one-of-a-kind interprofessional curriculum, nursing students collaborate with those studying other health careers to learn teamwork strategies and offer the best possible patient care.

"We offer high performing, cutting edge programs that prepare graduates to deliver value-based, evidenced-based care to individuals, families and communities," said Teri Murray, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing.

International Business, Supply Chain Management Get High Marks

Programs at the John Cook School of Business also garnered honors for its graduate programs, part-time MBA, and international and supply chain programs. As the oldest business school west of the Mississippi, the school has a long-standing tradition of forming successful business leaders.

Mark Higgins, Ph.D., dean of the Cook School, said the U.S. News rankings exemplify that tradition.

"The continued top 20 ranking of our international business and supply chain management graduate business programs, and top 100 ranking of our part-time MBA and graduate business programs overall, underscores the strength of our academic rigor, exceptional faculty, innovative courses and commitment to excellence in business education," Higgins said.

As noted above, not all programs are ranked every year. In addition to physical and occupational therapy, SLU's top 100 rankings include social work (52), speech language pathology (73), clinical psychology (79), history (84) and English (98).

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