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Best universities in the United States for medicine degrees 2024

Find the best universities in the United States for medicine degrees through Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data 2024

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November 28 2023
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Top 10 universities for medicine in US 2024

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US Medicine rank 2024Medicine rank 2024 UniversityState
12 Harvard UniversityMassachusetts
25 Stanford UniversityCalifornia
36 Johns Hopkins UniversityMaryland
48 Yale UniversityConnecticut
510 University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
611 University of California, BerkeleyCalifornia
712 Columbia UniversityNew York
815 University of California, Los AngelesCalifornia
918 University of WashingtonWashington
1021 University of Michigan-Ann ArborMichigan

Students who wish to study medicine in the US will have to take a slightly different approach than they would for other countries.

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In most cases, medical degrees can be taken only at the postgraduate level, and this is usually a five-year course. At the undergraduate level, students can take health- and science-related courses, which are known as “pre-med”. Students will then go on to apply for medical school, known as “post-med” or MD (doctor of medicine).

Nearly all universities will provide guidance about which undergraduate courses are most recommended and will provide major and minor programmes that will start students on their medical career journey. It is usually recommended that students take courses in the sciences and maths, but this can vary across universities.

Many US medical schools will require students to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) as part of their application.

These are the best universities in the US for medical degrees 2024.

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5. University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is the university's medical school. It is one of the oldest medical schools in the country. 

The school has six affiliated hospitals including Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine Princeton Health. 

Departments in the school include genetics, microbiology, neuroscience, emergency medicine, surgery, radiology and many more. 

While the school does not offer undergraduate programmes, there is the MD programme and the PhD programme as well as other master's programmes and continuing medical professional development courses. 

4. Yale University

The medical school at Yale University offers a number of MD and PhD programmes for students looking to pursue a career in medicine.

The Yale School of Public Health also offers a range of courses in public health as well as joint degree programmes with other faculties.

All medical school students will take a clinical skills course in the first 18 months of their degree; this teaches students how to interact with patients and the importance of the patient-doctor relationship. Training in palliative and end-of-life care is mandatory, as the school believes that all future clinicians should have a basic understanding in this area.

At Yale, students may study for a certificate in global medicine alongside their programmes.

The medical school emphasises research among students and requires all students to submit dissertations based on original research. The school encourages many students to consider a fifth year of medical school, which would be devoted to research training.

3. Johns Hopkins University

Students at Johns Hopkins University can choose from an MD programme, as well as graduate, PhD and fellowship programmes.

The university offers an undergraduate major in medicine, science and the humanities, which explores the history of medicine and health.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland is named after the philanthropist Johns Hopkins, who used his wealth to establish a hospital where everyone could get care, regardless of age, race and sex. The Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889, and the School of Medicine opened four years later.

Teaching at the university follows the “Genes to Society” curriculum, which “presents a model of health and disease based in the principles of adaptation to the environment, variability of the genotype and stratification of risk” rather than approaching health and disease as two different subjects.

The Johns Hopkins Medical School was among the first medical schools in the US to admit women, back in 1893.

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2. Stanford University

Stanford University’s medical school comprises three institutions: Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health.

Undergraduates may also undertake biomedical research through the Undergraduate Research Programme.

The school offers MD, PA and PhD programmes to its students. The MD programme launched the Discovery Curriculum in 2016, adding new courses such as pathophysiology and a pharmacological treatment of disease series. This curriculum aims to combine organ-based learning and patient-centred clinical care. Students are also given the opportunity to individualise their course based on their interests.

The School of Medicine also offers a number of opportunities for undergraduate students. These include introductory seminars, an emergency medical technician programme, courses in community health and undergraduate courses in biology and human biology, among others.

1. Harvard University

Harvard University’s medical school is the third oldest in the United States – it was established in 1782.

The medical school offers a five-year MD programme; however, students can extend this by a year to obtain another degree, embark on a research project or take an additional year of formal coursework.

There is no undergraduate “pre-med” concentration at Harvard. Students are generally expected to take classes in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, maths, biochemistry and English before applying to medical school, but there is no set structure for what undergraduate students should study.

Harvard Medical School is responsible for several ground-breaking advances, such as in 1799 when one of its professors, Benjamin Waterhouse, introduced the smallpox vaccine to the United States. Harvard has partnerships with 15 of the world’s most prestigious hospitals, allowing students and staff to undertake exchanges across the world.

Top universities in the United States for medicine 2024

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2024 results.

US Medicine rank 2024Medicine rank 2024 UniversityState
12 Harvard UniversityMassachusetts
25 Stanford UniversityCalifornia
36 Johns Hopkins UniversityMaryland
48 Yale UniversityConnecticut
510 University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
611 University of California, BerkeleyCalifornia
712 Columbia UniversityNew York
815 University of California, Los AngelesCalifornia
918 University of WashingtonWashington
1021 University of Michigan-Ann ArborMichigan
1122 Duke UniversityNorth Carolina
1225 The University of ChicagoIllinois
13=27 University of California, San DiegoCalifornia
1431 New York UniversityNew York
=15=32 University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth Carolina
=15=32 Washington University in St LouisMissouri
1740 Northwestern UniversityIllinois
1841 Boston UniversityMassachusetts
19=44 Emory UniversityGeorgia
2057 University of Southern CaliforniaCalifornia
2158 Vanderbilt UniversityTennessee
22=62 Brown UniversityRhode Island
2366 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campusPennsylvania
2467 University of MinnesotaMinnesota
2579 University of California, DavisCalifornia
2687 Tufts UniversityMassachusetts
2792 University of FloridaFlorida
2894 Ohio State University (Main campus)Ohio
29=98 Case Western Reserve UniversityOhio
=30101–125 Dartmouth CollegeNew Hampshire
=30101–125 University of Illinois ChicagoIllinois
=30101–125 University of IowaIowa
=30101–125 University of RochesterNew York
=30101–125 University of Wisconsin-MadisonWisconsin
=35126–150 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical CampusColorado
=35126–150 Georgetown UniversityWashington DC
=35126–150 George Washington UniversityWashington DC
=35126–150 University of MassachusettsMassachusetts
=35126–150 University of MiamiFlorida
=35126–150 Oregon Health and Science UniversityOregon
=35126–150 University of Texas at DallasTexas
=35126–150 University of UtahUtah
=43151–175 University of California, IrvineCalifornia
=43151–175 University of Texas at AustinTexas
=43151–175 University of Virginia (Main campus)Virginia
=46176–200 Indiana UniversityIndiana
=46176–200 Michigan State UniversityMichigan
=46176–200 Northeastern University, USIllinois
=46176–200 Penn State (Main campus)Pennsylvania
=46176–200 University of South FloridaFlorida
=51201–250 University of ArizonaArizona
=51201–250 University at BuffaloNew York
=51201–250 University of Maryland, College ParkMaryland
=51201–250 Purdue University West LafayetteIndiana
=51201–250 Texas A&M UniversityTexas
=51201–250 Tulane UniversityLouisiana
=51201–250 Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVirginia
=58251–300 Boston CollegeMassachusetts
=58251–300 Drexel UniversityPennsylvania
=58251–300 George Mason UniversityVirginia
=58251–300 University of KansasKansas
=58251–300 University of KentuckyKentucky
=58251–300 Rutgers University – New BrunswickNew Jersey
=58251–300 Saint Louis UniversityMissouri
=58251–300 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVirginia
=67301–400 University of California, RiversideCalifornia
=67301–400 Colorado State University, Fort CollinsColorado
=67301–400 University of ConnecticutConnecticut
=67301–400 University of DelawareDelaware
=67301–400 Florida State UniversityFlorida
=67301–400 University of GeorgiaGeorgia
=67301–400 Georgia State UniversityGeorgia
=67301–400 University of Hawai’i at MānoaHawai'i
=67301–400 University of Nebraska Medical CenterNebraska
=67301–400 Rush UniversityIllinois
=67301–400 University of South Carolina-ColumbiaSouth Carolina
=67301–400 Stony Brook UniversityNew York
=67301–400 Temple UniversityPennsylvania
=67301–400 Wake Forest UniversityNorth Carolina
=67301–400 Washington State UniversityMissouri
=67301–400 Wayne State UniversityMichigan
=83401–500 University of ArkansasArkansas
=83401–500 University of Central FloridaFlorida
=83401–500 Florida International UniversityFlorida
=83401–500 University of HoustonTexas
=83401–500 Louisiana State UniversityLouisiana
=83401–500 Mizzou - University of MissouriMissouri
=83401–500 University of North Carolina at CharlotteNorth Carolina
=83401–500 Ohio University (Main campus)Ohio
=83401–500 Oklahoma State UniversityOklahoma
=83401–500 San Diego State UniversityCalifornia
=83401–500 The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleTennessee
=94501–600 Auburn UniversityAlabama
=94501–600 Baylor UniversityTexas
=94501–600 Central Michigan UniversityMichigan
=94501–600 Kansas State UniversityKansas
=94501–600 Montana State UniversityMontana
=94501–600 New Mexico State University (Main campus)New Mexico
=94501–600 Oakland UniversityMichigan
=94501–600 University of Rhode IslandRhode Island
=102601–800 University of AlabamaAlabama
=102601–800 Chapman UniversityCalifornia
=102601–800 Florida Atlantic UniversityFlorida
=102601–800 Howard UniversityWashington DC
=102601–800 Marquette UniversityWisconsin
=102601–800 University of MemphisTennessee
=102601–800 University of Nevada, Las VegasNevada
=102601–800 Nova Southeastern UniversityFlorida
=102601–800 Old Dominion UniversityVirginia
=102601–800 Rowan UniversityNew Jersey
=102601–800 SUNY Binghamton UniversityNew York
=102601–800 University of Texas at ArlingtonTexas
=102601–800 University of Texas at El PasoTexas
=102601–800 University of ToledoOhio
=102601–800 University of WyomingWyoming
=117801–1000 Bowling Green State UniversityOhio
=117801–1000 Georgia Southern UniversityGeorgia
=117801–1000 Northern Illinois UniversityIllinois
=117801–1000 University of South DakotaSouth Dakota
=117801–1000 University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyTexas
=117801–1000 Texas State UniversityTexas
=117801–1000 Western Michigan UniversityMichigan

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