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The University of Utah’s health colleges and programs remain among the best in the nation in primary care, research, physician assistant training, nurse midwifery, pharmacy and other areas, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah’s health colleges and programs remain among the best in the nation in primary care, research, physician assistant training, nurse midwifery, pharmacy and other areas, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In the magazine’s new rankings, the U.’s School of Medicine is ranked No. 40 for research, up from 46 last year. And in primary care, the school is ranked No. 34, a jump of 20 spots from No. 54 last year.

“This is a remarkable rise in standing that places the university among the country’s top institutions,” Vivian Lee, the U.'s senior vice president for health sciences, said in a statement. “Our students can train in a health system ranked No. 1 in the nation for quality by Vizient, and receive a high-value medical education that prepares them to lead the transformation of health care.”

Other programs also did well in the rankings. The College of Pharmacy’s PharmD program is ranked No. 17 in the country. The College of Nursing’s master’s degree program is ranked No. 31, and the doctorate of nursing practice program is ranked No. 22. The physical therapy program in the College of Health is ranked No. 20.

“These rankings reflect our crucial role as an academic health system,” Lee said. “Our research is shaping the future of care, tailoring treatments to individuals and identifying promising new treatments for hundreds of diseases. The primary care providers we train are also serving as a vital access point, providing excellent health care though neighborhood clinics and partnering with communities for lifelong health.”