Which schools do the most to improve global health?

A new report ranks research schools across the U.S. based on their efforts to improve global health, particularly among low-income populations.

Details of report

For the report, not-for-profit Universities Allied for Essential Medicines reviewed 59 schools across the U.S. for their performance on various metrics, including:

  • The amount of money each school invested in biomedical research that could benefit low-income populations;
  • Commitment to licensing "medical discoveries" to promote access and affordability among developing countries; and
  • Whether the schools offered its students access to opportunities for global health engagement and education.

Report findings

The five schools at the top of the ranking were:

1. Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)
2. Emory University (Atlanta)
3. University of Washington (Seattle)
4. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
5. University of California-San Francisco

Johns Hopkins was the only institution to receive an "A-" grade.

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Meanwhile, the lowest performing schools, which both received "F" grades, were the University of Cincinnati and Wake Forest University. Overall, 25 of the 59 schools received grades in the "D+" to "F" range (Robbins, U-T San Diego, 5/12; UAEM project summary, May 2015; UAEM report, May 2015; McNeil, New York Times, 5/11).

The takeaway: A new report ranks 59 U.S. research schools on their efforts to improve global health, and 29 of them received grades in the "D+" to "F" range.

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