Eleven MUSC programs ranked in the top 100 spots for the U.S. News Media Group's 2012 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.
Of the 11 programs in top 100 spots, the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP), the Division of Clinical Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry, and Addiction Neuroscience faculty in the Department of Neuroscience have again been ranked in the top 10 nationwide through collaborative efforts regarding their educational and training efforts in alcohol and substance abuse.
Raymond Anton, M.D., Distinguished University Professor and CDAP director said that the solid research support in CDAP, Clinical Neuroscience Division and the Neuroscience Department, coupled with a growing addiction psychiatry clinical faculty, allows MUSC to attract some of the brightest graduate students, post-doctoral trainees, and psychiatry residents interested in alcohol and substance abuse.
"We are honored to be ranked amongst some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the U.S. for our work in this area," he said. "Once again the depth and breadth of our training, which spans from basic cellular through clinical addiction specialist treatment, have received national recognition by our colleagues."
The following are additional MUSC programs and their rankings:
• Nursing, 50th
• Medicine- Primary Care, 58th
• Medicine- Statistics, 58th
• Medicine- Research, 60th
From the area of health professions:
• Occupational Therapy, 24th
• Physician Assistant, 25th
• Nursing Anesthesia, 26th
• Health Care Management, 29th
• Speech-Language Pathology, 60th
• Physical Therapy, 69th
Lisa Saladin, interim dean of the MUSC College of Health Professions (CHP), said these latest rankings are a reflection of the national recognition CHP has achieved because of the outstanding quality of its faculty, students and staff.
"The health care disciplines represented in the College of Health Professions are poised to assume an even more significant role in the provision of health care with health care reform on the horizon, and I anticipate that we will continue to experience growth while maintaining exceptionally high quality."
The results are published online at http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools.
Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. These data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 12,400 academics and professionals that were conducted in fall 2010.
The statistical indicators used in these rankings of business, education, engineering, law, and medical schools fall into two categories: inputs, or measures of the qualities that students and faculty bring to the educational experience, and outputs, measures of graduates' achievements linked to their degrees. Different output measures are available for different fields.