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Best Medical Schools In The World For 2020

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine takes the prestigious title of the world’s medical school for 2020, that’s according to the CEOWORLD magazine. Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford earned itself a respectable second place, with karolinska institutet is ranked third.

The 2020 rankings placed Harvard Medical SchoolŽ in fourth ahead of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM) into fifth; while the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine ranked sixth, and Stanford University School of Medicine seventh.

Overall, among the top 10 medical schools, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by UCL Medical School, Yale School of Medicine, and Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. UCSF School of Medicine took the No. 11 spot, followed by the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) of Columbia University (No.13).

Meanwhile, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best medical schools in the world for 2020. Melbourne Medical School of The University of Melbourne came in fifteenth place, followed by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (sixteenth), Duke University School of Medicine (seventeenth), the University of Edinburgh Medical School (eighteenth), and Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, ranked nineteenth.

Out of 77 best medical schools in the world for 2020, the University of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore ranked No. 20th. Only fully accredited degree programs or schools in good standing during the study period are ranked.

So, if you are thinking about boosting your prospects with an accredited degree in medicine, we have got just the thing for you; here are 77 outstanding international medical schools that can help advance your career…

Best Medical Schools In The World For 2020

RankMedical SchoolCityCountryScoreRatings
1Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUnited States85.97AAA
2Medical Sciences Division at the University of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom85.7AAA
3Karolinska InstituteSolnaSweden85.65AAA
4Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUnited States85.33AAA
5David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM)Los AngelesUnited States85.31AA
6University of Cambridge School of Clinical MedicineCambridgeUnited Kingdom85.24AA
7Stanford University School of MedicineStanfordUnited States84.4AA
8UCL Medical SchoolLondonUnited Kingdom84.28AA
9Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUnited States84.13AA
10Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom84.09AA
11UCSF School of MedicineSan FranciscoUnited States84.01AA
12University of Toronto Faculty of MedicineTorontoCanada83.46AA
13Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) of Columbia UniversityNew YorkUnited States82.8A
14All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)New DelhiIndia82.77A
15Melbourne Medical School of The University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia82.23A
16London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineLondonUnited Kingdom81.84A
17Duke University School of MedicineNorth CarolinaUnited States81.6A
18University of Edinburgh Medical SchoolEdinburghUnited Kingdom81.24A
19Perelman School of Medicine of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUnited States81.14A
20Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore81A
21King's College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom80.01BBB
22Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC))PuneIndia79.05BBB
23University of California San Diego SchoolSan DiegoUnited States78.18BBB
24Faculty of Medicine of McGill UniversityMontrealCanada77.94BBB
25University of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUnited States77.78BBB
26New York University Grossman School of MedicineNew YorkUnited States77.72BBB
27Weill Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew YorkUnited States77.56BB
28Christian Medical College (CMC Vellore)VelloreIndia77.1BB
29Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark76.43BB
30College of Medicine of National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan76.33BB
31The Pritzker School of Medicine at The University of ChicagoChicagoUnited States76.32BB
32University of Michigan Medical School - Michigan MedicineMichiganUnited States75.34BB
33Maulana Azad Medical CollegeNew DelhiIndia75.19BB
34Faculty of Medicine at the University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada74.98BB
35Faculty of Medicine (AMC) - University of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands74.89BB
36School of Medical Sciences University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom74.83BB
37HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine (HKUMed)Hong KongHong Kong74.76BB
38Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER)PondicherryIndia74.61B
39Seoul National University College of Medicine(SNUCM)SeoulSouth Korea74.6B
40Heidelberg University School of MedicineHeidelbergGermany74.33B
41Monash School of MedicineMelbourneAustralia74.19B
42Graduate School of Medicine at the The University of TokyoTokyoJapan74.17B
43Peking University Health Science CenterBeijingChina74.14B
44Institute Of Medical SciencesVaranasiIndia73.98B
45University of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUnited States73.91B
46Washington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUnited States73.58B
47Medical University of ViennaViennaAustria73.51B
48Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)ChandigarhIndia73.49B
49Medicine at Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands73.47B
50Shanghai Medical College of Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina73.35B
51Emory University School of MedicineGeorgiaUnited States73.33B
52The Faculty of Medicine at Leiden UniversityLeidenNetherlands73.3B
53Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong73.11CCC
54Faculty of Medicine at KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium73.09CCC
55Michael G. DeGroote School of MedicineOntarioCanada73.06CCC
56Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical SciencesLucknowIndia72.84CCC
57Faculty of Medicine at the University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia72.53CCC
58Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityRhode IslandUnited States72.45CCC
59Boston University School of MedicineBostonUnited States72.4CCC
60ANU Medical School of the Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia72.39CCC
61Faculty of Medicine of the University of New South Wales (UNSW Medicine)SydneyAustralia72.16CCC
62Graduate School of Medicine at The Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan72.11CCC
63Baylor College of MedicineHoustonUnited States72.1CC
64Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark72.09CC
65Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineIllinoisUnited States71.59CC
66Faculty of Medicine at Lund UniversityLundSweden71.39CC
67Mayo Clinic Alix School of MedicineMinnesotaUnited States71.34CC
68TUM School of Medicine at Munich Technical University (TUM)MunichGermany71.19CC
69KNUTD School of Pharmacy of the Kyiv National University of Technologies and DesignKyivUkraine71.09CC
70School of Medicine at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)SeoulSouth Korea70.45CC
71Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina70.09CC
72Kasturba Medical CollegeManipalIndia69.4CC
73Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of the Sapienza UniversityRomeItaly68.82CC
74School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University in LondonLondonUnited Kingdom68.7CC
75School of Medicine - The University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand68.65CC
76Osaka University Graduate School of MedicineOsakaJapan68.23CC
77Ohio State College of Medicine at The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUnited States68.06CC
78Kazan State Medical UniversityKazanRussia68.4CC
79Volgograd State Medical UniversityVolgogradRussia68.1CC
80First Moscow State Medical UniversityMoscowRussia67.8CC
81Bashkir State Medical UniversityBashkortostanRussia67.5CC
82Institute of Medicine at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
MoscowRussia67.2CC

Methodology: CEOWORLD magazine’s best medical schools in the world for 2020 is based on 7 major indicators of quality, overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1) Academic reputation
2) Admission Eligibility
3) Specialization
4) Global reputation and influence
5) Annual tuition and fees
6) Research performance
7) Student satisfaction

We believe rankings are one useful tool among many for evaluating the merits of a school of degree program, but should not be relied upon exclusively or take the place of personal judgment or consultation with educational experts. Data for these indicators were collected from publicly available sources, medical school’s website, as well as our own editorial judgement. Information considered includes rankings and awards from reputable national and international publications, student-to-professor ratio, admissions acceptance rate, retention and graduation rates, tuition cost, financial aid availability, and accreditation. Students, industry professionals, and academicians were asked to rate medical schools on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

*However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the 77 medical schools above are the “CEOWORLD magazine’s best medical schools in the world for 2020,” there may be many other outstanding schools that offer excellent programs.
* This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a medical school, and are simply one element to consider.
* Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of the CEOWORLD magazine.
* The top-ranked medical school receives 100 points.
* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.
* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 90,000 individuals, across 7 data points.
* Surveys completed by 40,000 students, 48,000 industry professionals, and 2,000 academicians around the world.
*The overall score is numerical scores given to the schools based on students, academicians, and industry professionals — measuring the quality of the school. Overall scores are out of 100.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 90,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.

Sophie Ireland

Sophie Ireland

Contributors Editor
Sophie Ireland is the Contributors Editor at for CEOWORLD magazine, where she covers hiring trends, money, the future of work, and lists and rankings, and all things related to professional success for readers. She has ten years of experience in research, spanning market research, data analytics, macroeconomics, and financial services. She can be reached on email sophie-ireland@ceoworld.biz. You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.