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University of Pittsburgh’s Occupational Therapy Program Occupational Therapy Program Secures No. 1 Rank in 2024

By April 9, 2024April 23rd, 2024No Comments

See original article posted on 4/9/24 – by Nichole Faina, photography by Aimee Obidzinski

The University of Pittsburgh’s advanced degree offerings again earned illustrious rankings in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools report, released April 9.

Four graduate degree offerings in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences were named top 10 programs, including a No. 1 slot for occupational therapy — a first-time honor — and speech-language pathology (No. 5), audiology (No. 6) and physical therapy (No. 8).

Other notable top 10 distinctions include pharmacy (No. 9) and nurse anesthesia (No. 2).

Pitt’s School of Public Health ranked at No. 16, and the School of Social Work jumped nine spots to No. 12 in the rankings. The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs also climbed in the public affairs ranking (No. 34), and Pitt is the top ranked public university in the international policy and global administration specialization (No. 6). The school also earned top 50 rankings in the urban policy (No. 16) and public policy analysis specializations (No. 31).

Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business climbed 39 spots to No. 47, and its part-time MBA ranking rose eight spots to No. 35. The Swanson School of Engineering also saw some gains. Overall, the Swanson School rose three spots to No. 44, and five engineering specialty programs ranked in the top 50: industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering (No. 24), biomedical engineering/bioengineering (No. 25), chemical engineering (No. 42), environmental/environmental health engineering (No. 48) and mechanical engineering (No. 50).

Four of the University’s specialty programs achieved top 50 rankings: Pitt Law’s health care law (No. 28), tax law (No. 40) and intellectual property law (No. 48) and the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice psychiatric mental health concentration, which prepares principal nurse practitioners who treat individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan (No. 5).

The publication is delaying the release of its updated rankings for medical, engineering and clinical psychology programs, so the list still includes last year’s rankings. Among those, Pitt is No. 7 for psychiatry, No. 8 in clinical psychology, No. 10 for Ob/Gyn, No. 11 for best medical schools for primary care and No. 13 for best medical schools for research.

The U.S. News and World Report evaluates business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing advanced degree programs and associated specialties in each category yearly. According to its website, the rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.