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01 July 2005
Emory's Rollins School of Public Health Earns Top Ten Ranking in NIH Funding
Researchers in the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) at Emory University ranked 10th among all U.S. schools of public health in 2004 in attracting funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), up from 12th the previous year. The $20.8 million in NIH funding last year was a 37 percent increase over 2003 funding of $15.2 million. Total research funding in RSPH in 2004, including NIH funding, exceeded $50 million.

In recent enrollment rankings by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), the RSPH also ranked in the top ten in many categories out of 37 accredited U.S. schools of public health: sixth in the nation in total number of applications received (1,263); eighth in applications by foreign nationals (260); third in applications by African-American U.S. students (204); ninth in new enrollments (358); third in new enrollments of African-American students (62); seventh in new enrollments of foreign nationals (52); sixth in total enrollments (845); fourth in total number of international health students (151); fifth in total graduates (312) and second in African-American graduates (52).

On June 14 the RSPH received notice of renewed full accreditation from the Council of Education for Public Health. The seven-year accreditation was the maximum for schools of public health, and all criteria for the accreditation were fully met.

"Our rise in the NIH rankings and our success in attracting a highly qualified and diverse student body are a testament to our extremely productive and dedicated faculty and staff," said James Curran, MD, MPH, dean of the Rollins School of Public Health. "The school's outstanding scholarship and teaching and the faculty's desire for excellence are responsible for making us one of the top schools of public health in the nation."

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