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Report card assesses contribution to global health of leading US and Canadian universities

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2622 (Published 24 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2622
  1. Soumyadeep Bhaumik
  1. 1Kolkata

Some of the world’s top universities have been criticised for doing little to improve global health, despite the fact that many of them declare that as a goal.

A new “report card” ranking universities by their contribution to global health has been produced by an international network of graduate and undergraduate students of medicine, research and law, called the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.1

The group evaluated the efforts of 54 leading US and Canadian universities, by assigning grades to the universities on 14 key measures, broadly divided into three general categories of innovation, access, and empowerment. The group used data available in the public domain and supplemental information obtained from deans and directors of departments …

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