The 2012-2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health table judges world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking of the world's top 50 universities for clinical and health subjects employs 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

Top 50 clinical, pre-clinical and health universities

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 University of Oxford United Kingdom
91.7
2 Harvard University United States
90.4
3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
88.6
4 Johns Hopkins University United States
87.7
5 Imperial College London United Kingdom
87.6
6 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
86.2
7 Duke University United States
85.1
8 Stanford University United States
84.6
9 University of California, Berkeley United States
84.4
10 University of Washington United States
84.1
11 Yale University United States
83.8
12 Washington University in St Louis United States
83.7
13 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
83.6
14 McMaster University Canada
82.8
15 Columbia University United States
82.6
16 University of Melbourne Australia
82.0
16 University of Pennsylvania United States
82.0
18 McGill University Canada
81.3
19 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
81.0
20 King's College London United Kingdom
80.4
21 University of Michigan United States
80.3
22 University of Toronto Canada
79.9
23 Karolinska Institute Sweden
79.2
24 University of Pittsburgh United States
79.0
25 University of Sydney Australia
77.7
26 University of California, San Diego United States
76.5
27 University of British Columbia Canada
76.3
28 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
75.4
29 Boston University United States
75.3
30 Cornell University United States
74.8
31 University of Chicago United States
74.6
32 Emory University United States
73.9
32 The University of Tokyo Japan
73.9
34 Monash University Australia
73.5
35 University of Queensland Australia Australia
71.3
36 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
70.3
37 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
70.1
38 Northwestern University United States
69.4
39 University of Massachusetts United States
68.9
40 Kyoto University Japan
68.7
41 Vanderbilt University United States
68.0
42 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
67.8
43 Tufts University United States
67.7
43 University of New South Wales Australia
67.7
45 University of Minnesota United States
67.6
45 KU Leuven Belgium
67.6
47 University of Montreal Canada
67.4
48 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
67.1
49 Maastricht University Netherlands
67.0
50 University of Manchester United Kingdom
66.6
50 University of Cape Town South Africa
66.6

Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Rankings:
Applied medicine without frontiers


4 October 2012

The UK stands out in the clinical, pre-clinical and health table - the only subject ranking headed by a non-American institution.

The table is led by the University of Oxford, which has maintained the top spot it gained last year and has widened the gap over second-placed Harvard University.

Overall, the UK takes four of the top 10 places and seven of the top 50.

Oxford is well known for its global health programme, which includes a worldwide network of research units based in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Kenya, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
In August last year, the university's contribution to healthcare research was recognised by an award of £95 million from the UK's National Institute for Health Research - a massive increase on initial funding of £57 million - to support "translational research", which is aimed at translating research discoveries into patient treatments.

In the clinical, pre-clinical and health table, the University of Cambridge closed the gap on its ancient rival, rising from fourth to third.

There was mixed news for other members of the "Golden Triangle": Imperial College London slipped from third to fifth, but University College London rose from seventh to sixth.

Overall, 12 countries are represented in the table.

The US dominates with 24 representatives - led by Harvard in second place and Johns Hopkins University in fourth.

Australia has five representatives in the top 50, with the University of Melbourne (joint 16th place) being the top-ranked institution outside the UK or North America.

Asia is represented by Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, with Japan's University of Tokyo (joint 32nd place) its highest-ranked university.

South Africa makes a rare appearance in a subject ranking, with the University of Cape Town propping up the table in joint 50th position.