University of Washington ranked third among 59 universities in a student-led report highlighting how university research benefits low-resource settings
The University of Washington ranked third out of 59 universities in its approach to global equity and biomedical research, earning a B+ “grade.” This University Report Card ranking was published in late April by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a student-led group focused on access to medicine and health-related technologies.
The project evaluates more than 50 top American universities on their contributions to neglected biomedical research and access to medicines. It uses publicly-available and self-reported information to evaluate whether universities address neglected diseases, license medical breakthroughs in ways that ensure equitable access, and educate students on the impact universities can have on global health.
Interim UW President Ana Marie Cauce congratulated School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin, UW Medicine CEO and School of Medicine Dean Paul Ramsey, and Department of Global Health Chair Judith Wasserheit on this achievement, saying the ranking was well-earned.
The University of Washington has one of the largest academic global health programs with 350 faculty, more than 1,000 students who take global health courses each year, and projects in more than 130 countries. Its current and emerging global health focus areas include: health metrics and evaluation, infectious diseases, workforce development, health system strengthening and implementation science, global environmental change, global injury and violence, global medicines safety, women, children and adolescent health, and a strong cross-cutting focus on social justice and equity.
See the rankings at: www.globalhealthgrades.org
For more information on the global health efforts at the University of Washington visit: http://globalhealth.washington.edu/