Clinical Medicine

The Clinical Medicine discipline of Shanghai Jiao Tong University boasts of 12 affiliated hospitals, 8 academicians of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 39 people selected by national-level talent program and 40 people chosen by national-level young talent program.

Covering all secondary clinical disciplines, we are blessed with strong advantages and distinctive features as evidenced by 67 national key clinical specialties, the first national major technology infrastructure for translational medicine and National Center for Children’s Health, as well as 2 clinical research centers for metabolic diseases and ophthalmic diseases. Our endocrinology, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, rheumatology and immunology among other specialties are in the lead throughout China. Over the past 10 years, we have been a forerunner when it comes to the number of projects undertaken for the National Natural Science Foundation of China with the number of key projects hitting new records. Over the past 5 years, we have won 15 national science and technology awards. The number of total citation of papers has been on the rise, putting us in the first place in China for 5 consecutive years.

We regard it as our mission to develop medical talent pursuing excellence and innovation. Our paper on Strengthening Coordination between Healthcare and Medical Education, the Development of Medical Talent Pursuing Excellence and Innovation in Universities received the first prize of National Teaching Achievements. Under the Zhiyuan Honors Program for Doctoral Students, we have rolled out the application and assessment mechanism for doctoral student enrollment. It contributed to improvement in the quality of students, more than 90% of whom now graduate from key institutes of higher education.

Thanks to the SJTUSM model, we are recognized as the most vibrant discipline with the fastest progress and great international influence. We are the first in China to be included in ESI top 1‰. In 2009 and 2012, we ranked the first in discipline evaluation, and got A+ in 2016 in China’s fourth-round discipline evaluation.


Established in 1932, the Stomatology Department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University was one of the four earliest departments of its kind in China. As a national key discipline, it has been included in the 211 Project, first-class university and discipline initiative, national first-class undergraduate program, and featured higher education subject of the Ministry of Education. Our faculty includes 2 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Our team consists of 14 national level talent designated as National Outstanding Youth or Yangtze Scholar, Professor Maurizio Tonett, editor of Journal of Clinical Periodontology, a top journal in stomatology, as well as 66 doctoral advisors.  

Over the past 5 years, we have undertaken 4 national key R&D projects, 1 innovation group project and 2 major scientific research projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and 2 major scientific research projects of international collaboration of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. We received 2 second prizes of National Science and Technology Progress Award, and successfully commercialized 22 patents generating 15.32 million yuan.

Regarding fostering virtue through education as our fundamental mission, we have produced a large number of leading figures in stomatology with both integrity and professional competence. We took the lead in proposing and developing an innovation-oriented education model of stomatology, which won the National Level Teaching Achievement Award.

We serve as a national clinical center for oral diseases and a national stomatology medical center. Occupying the second place in the 2021 Shanghai Ranking of best disciplines in China, we have 6 international exchange and training centers including Oral Surgery Oncology and Reconstruction Training Center authorized by the  International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (the first of its kind in China), Cervical and Maxillofacial Oncology Training Center of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (the first of its kind outside the UK), and Orthodontics Materials Training and Examination Center (the only one of its kind in Asia).

Basic Medical Sciences

Equipped with a strong faculty including 4 academicians, 25 people selected by national level talent program, and 37 people chosen by young talent program, the discipline of Basic Medical Sciences of Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been included in China’s initiative to develop first-class universities and first-class disciplines (known as the Double First-class Initiative), as well as Shanghai’s local initiative to develop high-quality disciplines in its universities.

Eight cross-disciplinary research centers integrating basic medicine with clinical medicine and science and engineering have been established focusing on major research areas such as oncology, infection and immunity, cellular metabolism regulation, brain science and precision medicine. Over the past 5 years, we have undertaken 1 innovative research group project and 85 key projects sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, as well as 13 key R & D programs and 34 research projects sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. Among the 580 papers published in major international academic journals, 6 were published in top academic journals such as Nature, Science and Cell, which showcases the constant improvement in the quality of papers produced. We have also won the Second Prize of National Award for Natural Sciences, the Second Prize of National Award for Progress in Science and Technology, as well as the First Prize of Shanghai Natural Science Award.  

Staying true to our fundamental mission of fostering virtue through education, we aim to develop excellent and innovative talent in medicine with global vision, great ambitions and leadership. Our integrated course on organ system has won us the First Prize of National Level Educational Achievements. Two teachers obtained the First Prize and the Second Prize respectively in the National Teaching Competition for Young Teachers of Institutions of Higher Education. Recognized as one of the best Basic Medicine disciplines with rapid development in China, we also rank the top in terms of scientific research based on the analysis of SciVal database.


Established in 1985, the Advanced Nursing Department of the Shanghai Second Medical University was renamed the School of Nursing of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The school offers Master’s Degree in nursing, and is the earliest among its peers in China to offer professional degrees and Doctoral Degree in nursing discipline. Equipped with a strong faculty team and distinctive features in its development, the school educates high-quality talent with high employability, produces abundant academic achievements, and has become a first-rate nursing school in China with international influence. The school was designated as a national level first-rate undergraduate program in 2020. The school has always regarded developing talent in nursing who pursue excellence and innovation as its fundamental mission.

Public Health and Preventive Medicine

The predecessor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine of Shanghai Jiao Tong University was the Preventive Medicine Teaching and Research Office of the Basic Medicine Department established in 1955 in the Shanghai Second Medical University. Great progress has been made in terms of faculty, scientific research and talent development, which lays a solid foundation for the development of public health in China.

Focusing on “Healthy China” and “Digital China” among other major strategies, we follow the “Big Health” action plan of SJTUSM as our guideline, and adopts a global vision in our efforts to grasp the development trends in cutting-edge areas of public health. We have formed featured public health disciplines of Shanghai Jiao Tong University with integration of medicine and prevention, medicine and engineering, macro and micro level research, population medicine and basic medicine.  We have been selected as the national-level first-class undergraduate program, and offer Doctoral and Master Degree in public health and preventive medicine. We have several national, provincial and ministerial level research platforms including the Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research, Key Laboratory for Environment and Children’s Health, Shanghai Nutrition Innovation Platform Digital Nutrition Center. Our team includes 10 people designated as national level outstanding youth, national level overseas high-caliber talent or national level famous teachers, and more than 30 people designated as provincial or ministerial level talent. We carry out researches on epidemiology and medical big data, active health management and chronic disease prevention and control, nutrition and food safety, environment and health for special population groups, social medicine and public health policy, global health and One Health. Our research achievements over the past three years have been published in top academic journals such as Nature, JAMA, Cell, Nature Microbiology, Cell metabolism, and Nature Communications. A series of policy suggestions were approved or adopted by national and provincial level leaders. Our noticeable rise in the ranking of US News and ARWU puts us among the top among all Chinese universities.

Committed to developing high-caliber, cross-disciplinary, and excellent talent in public health with a global vision, we cooperated with Yale University and University of Manchester in organizing summer holiday study tours, joint education programs and dual joint masters and PhD programs. A model for developing excellent talent in public health featuring problem-orientation, scientific research training, cross-disciplinary education, practical teaching and comprehensive assessment has been put in place.

Together with the Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research and University of Edinburgh, we established the One Health Research Center. We also set up the Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Yale University Public Policy Joint Research Center and Biostatistics and Data Science Joint Center in an effort to become a healthcare think tank and medical big data center with global vision, national influence and Shanghai features.