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Throughout the pandemic, physicians, researchers and other clinicians at University of California Health (UCH) academic health centers have maintained their focus on the quality and safety of care for patients.  

Likewise, our health professional schools are committed to the highest quality education and training. They know that only the highest caliber education will prepare the next generation of health professionals to improve health for all Californians.  

Quality and safety are the foundation for UCH’s work to improve the health of communities across the state. UCH is committed to meeting robust quality and safety benchmarks — while always pursuing continual improvement. 

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Patient Care 

U.S. News & World Report ranks UCH hospitals among the top 11 in California for 2020-21.  

In addition to overall hospital rankings, UCH hospitals rank among the tops in California and the nation for individual adult and pediatric specialties. (For each individual hospital’s specialty rankings, visit the hospital pages linked below.)   

UC Davis Health, #9 in California 

UC San Diego Health, #6 in California 

UCI Health, #11 in California 

UCLA Health, #1 in California, #4 in the United States 

UCSF Health, #3 in California, #8 in the United States  


Our health professional schools — DentistryMedicineNursingOptometryPharmacyPublic Health and Veterinary Medicine — are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report and QS World University Rankings. 

UC Berkeley  

#8 Graduate School of Public Health (tie)*  

UC Davis  

#1 Veterinary Medicine School       

#4 Most Diverse Medical School* 

#11 Medical School: Primary Care*  

#24 Graduate School of Public Health (tie)*  

#48 Medical School: Research (tie)* 

#24 Nursing School: Master’s (tie)* 

UC San Diego  

#18 Pharmacy School  

#19 Medical School: Research (tie)*  

#28 Medical School: Primary Care (tie)*  


#41 Graduate School of Public Health (tie)*  

#41 Medical School: Primary Care (tie)* 

#48 Medical School: Research (tie)*  

#45 Nursing School: Master’s (tie)*  


#9 Most Diverse Medical School (tie)* 

#10 Graduate School of Public Health (tie)*  

#12 Medical School: Primary Care (tie)*  

#16 Nursing School: Master’s* 

#21 Medical School: Research*  

#25 Dentistry** 

UC Riverside  

#6 Most Diverse Medical School*  


#2 Medical School: Primary Care*  

#2 Pharmacy School  

#4 Medical School: Research (tie)*  

#7 Dentistry** 

#9 Nursing School: Master’s (tie)* 

#9 Most Diverse Medical School (tie)* 

*Indicates 2022 update by U.S. News & World Report. All others based on 2019–2020 rankings. 
**Indicates 2021 QS World University Ranking. 
Note: U.S. News & World Report does not rank dentistry or optometry schools.  

Vizient Recognition  

University of California Health academic health centers are routinely recognized by Vizient for quality and accountability. Vizient is a group of more than 5,000 hospitals that tracks health care quality.  

Vizient’s Quality and Accountability program assesses a hospital’s performance in six areas: safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness and equity. 

Improving Patient Care for All Californians

When you go to a University of California Health hospital or physician, you have access to expertise from six world-class academic health centers. As practitioners of academic medicine, UCH physicians and researchers exchange knowledge across our academic health centers to improve health for all Californians. That level of collaboration and innovation leads to better diagnosis and better treatment — for all patients across our hospitals.  

Find out how academic medicine improves patient care.

Providing Accessible Health Education and Training Across California 

At University of California Health, the education, mentorship and training students receive combines academic and clinical excellence — with a passion to create more accessible and equitable health care for everyone. All UCH health professional schools emphasize public service and caring for communities that have traditionally faced barriers to care or inadequate public health resources.  

Explore how UCH is challenging the status quo in health sciences education.