The University of Wisconsin Medical School became the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2005, signaling the plan to develop a revolutionary new model that unites public health and medicine.
Integrating Two Approaches to Improving Health
- Public health: Focus on health promotion and disease prevention among groups of people
- Medicine: Focus on individual care with emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of disease
To create a superior education, research and community engagement enterprise that integrates biomedical sciences, care of individual patients, and the health of diverse populations. This integrated approach will address the evolving health and health care needs of Wisconsin, and in so doing, will serve as a national model.
- We will not establish an independent, free-standing school of public health, and then attempt to build bridges between it and our school.
- We will dismiss preconceived notions about public health and medicine, fields that historically have functioned independently, and will use our new integrated model to solve our most pressing health issues.
- We will increase levels of bilateral interaction with communities, local and state government agencies, and other organizations across the state, as well as with other components of our university.
- We will continue to advance the core aspects of our current strengths.
- We will establish a thoughtful process for setting priorities and using resources.
- We will assess our progress and direction on a regular basis and modify our plans based on those assessments.
Criteria for Selecting Priorities, Goals and Strategies
- Determine Wisconsin's greatest needs as defined by disease burden, potential for health impact, geography, and other criteria.
- Leverage our strengths and seek opportunities to collaborate.
- Focus primarily on areas and issues that are underserved or neglected, and avoid duplicating successful efforts of others.