The best medical schools in Brazil (and in the world) in 2020


Is it your dream to save lives, take care of people or find a cure for illness? Then the medicine is for you! The best students look for the best colleges because it guarantees a good education (and it looks good in the curriculum). Many great names in medicine studied at these universities.

The 12 best medical schools in Brazil

To prepare the list of the 12 best medical schools in Brazil, we used the last Folha University Ranking (RUF) as a reference, released at the end of 2019.

  1. University of Brasilia (UNB)

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Type of university: public

The University of Brasília does not live only in politics, law, and administration! The university’s medical school is located in Asa Norte and has several research laboratories. The college also has medical residency programs for graduates of the course. UNB stands out in the criterion for full and partial dedication teachers, in which it obtained the highest score.

  1. Federal University of Paraná (UFPR)

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Type of university: public

The Federal University of Paraná has been training medical students since 1914! With a strong emphasis on practice, the last third of the course is dedicated to internships. The college has 3 hospitals and offers several postgraduate courses for those who want to specialize. In RUF 2019, UFPR stands out in the indicator to full and part-time teachers, in which it obtained the maximum score.

  1. Fluminense Federal University (UFF)

Antônio Pedro University Hospital (HUAP) and facilities of the UFF Faculty of Medicine.

Type of university: public

Founded in 1925 as the “Fluminense Medicine Faculty,”, today the UFF Faculty of Medicine is a reference not only in Rio de Janeiro but throughout Brazil. The medicine course is among the three largest in the entire UFF and values ​​the interaction between human beings, society, and the environment in the training of physicians. It has the 5th best performance in market evaluation, which measures employers’ preference in the area.

  1. Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)

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Type of university : public

Of the 12 periods that make up the medical course at UFPE, 4 are dedicated to supervised internships. The course’s main objective is to train doctors with a good technical-scientific repertoire, entrepreneurs, and ethics. In RUF 2019, UFPE stands out in the market evaluation indicators (it shares the 5th best grade with other courses) and professors with full and partial dedication.

  1. Júlio de Mesquita Filho State University of São Paulo (UNESP)

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Type of university: public

Located on the Botucatu Campus, the UNESP Faculty of Medicine has a great reputation. Therefore, in recent years, the medical course has been the most sought after at this university, with a few hundred applicants for each place. It is the 6th in the evaluation of professors and the 3rd in a doctorate/master’s degree, an indicator that measures the number of professors with these academic titles.

  1. State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)

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Type of university: public

The medicine course is one of the highlights of the State University of Rio de Janeiro. The course students contact patients from the Unified Health System through the Pedro Ernesto University Hospital and the Piquet Carneiro Polyclinic. It stands out for its good evaluation in the market (it is the 5th in this category) and for its excellent grades in Canada.

  1. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

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Type of university: public

The Faculty of Medicine at UFRJ was founded in 1808 when Brazil was still a colony of Portugal. But medical school was not stuck in the past. Currently, he is one of the best in the country, with all the resources to train good doctors. The great highlight of UFRJ medicine at RUF 2019 is the market evaluation, in which it obtained the 2nd best score among all the analyzed faculties.

  1. Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

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Type of university: public

If you want to study at an institution with history and prestige, the Federal University of Rio Grande does Sul is for you. Founded in 1898, the Faculty of Medicine at UFRGS was the third to be created in Brazil and is reputed to be one of the best in the country. It is the 4th in the country in teacher assessment and the 4th in teaching quality.

  1. Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)

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Type of university: public

Health is the specialty of the Federal University of São Paulo! Medicine was the first course at UNIFESP continues with a reputation for excellence. In addition to good facilities and space for research and practical learning, the faculty also offers several postgraduate courses. It is the 2nd in teacher evaluation and the 3rd in teaching, according to RUF 2019.

  1. Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Type of university: public

In Minas Gerais, there is no better medical school than the one at UFMG. The course bets on small groups, with more personalized follow-up, and on contact with the population. In addition, there are internship programs in other countries for those who want to see a little of the world. It is the 2nd in market evaluation.

  1. State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

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Type of university: public

Founded in the 1960s, UNICAMP is not the oldest college, but it has earned a place among the best universities in the country. And medical school is no exception. This is one of the most popular courses in the country, as it offers excellent teaching. The UNICAMP medical course is the 1st in Brazil in terms of teaching quality.

  1. University of São Paulo (USP)

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Type of university: public

It is not easy to compete with the University of São Paulo! Medical students at USP have the opportunity to do an internship at the famous Hospital das Clínicas, the largest hospital in the country. The College is also known for its research, producing many scientific articles each year. A great bet for the most ambitious students. It is the 1st in evaluating the market and teachers, just behind UNICAMP in teaching quality.

The 5 best medical schools in the world

Every year, QS Top Universities ranks the best universities in the world. We selected the 5 best for the medical course. Let’s check it out?

  1. Johns Hopkins
  • Country: United States of America
  • Type of university: private

American universities are not for every pocket! But, on the other hand, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is consistently among the best in the world. Several faculty students and faculty were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and some of the research done at the faculty revolutionized medical practice.

  1. Stanford
  • Country: United States of America
  • Type of university: private

Stanford University’s tuition fees are painful, but its medical school is still one of the most sought after in the world. Only 2-3% of students who apply get in! The faculty invests heavily in research and innovative teaching methods.

  1. Cambridge


  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Type of university: public

Cambridge University has a century-old history, and however, the current medical school is very modern, with all the facilities to form the next references in medicine. For those who can pass all exams and interviews, studying medicine at Cambridge is a unique opportunity.

  1. Oxford
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Type of university: public

Oxford University is so old that no one is sure when it was founded. Oxford’s forte is the sciences, with an emphasis on medicine. Theoretical teaching bets a lot on tutorials with small groups to provide more individualized teaching, and all students do a research project during the medical course.

  1. Harvard
  • Country: United States of America
  • Type of university: private

Only the best of the world’s students study medicine at Harvard University! The course is known for its high level of quality and the many options to pursue different specialties. In addition to training top physicians, many scientists who do innovative medical research leave Harvard.

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