The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison is committed to improving the health of Wisconsin and beyond through service, scholarship, science and social responsibility. We are developing new approaches for preventing, diagnosing and treating illness by uniting the principles and power of traditional medicine and public health. Learn more about our mission and vision

The future needs us now
We are Wisconsin Medicine, a philanthropic partnership between the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Health, and donors like you, determined to make a difference.

We train tomorrow's health care leaders

The School of Medicine and Public Health seeks the very best students who will care for patients with compassion and empathy, work to improve the health and well-being of populations and fearlessly push the boundaries of scientific inquiry.

Paradigm-changing discoveries

From the development of SPF ratings to finding new ways to treat cancer, our researchers have established a legacy of translating laboratory discoveries into clinical treatments. Here are just a few of our paradigm-changing innovations.


Joshua Lederberg awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on bacteria reproduction and antibiotic resistance.


Howard Temin is named co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering reverse transcriptase, the enzyme that explains how retroviruses cause cancer and AIDS.


James Thomson and his research team become the first in the world to derive a human embryonic stem cell line.
Today's advances, tomorrow's cures
From the tiniest cells to Big Data, our investigators are making key discoveries that lead to better treatments. Elizabeth Burnside, MD, MPH, is using computer technology and a growing collection of clinical data to develop computer-based decision making tools for breast imaging to enhance breast cancer screening and diagnosis.
The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity, both as an end in itself, and as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities.

Latest news

New UW study examines COVID-19 vaccines in people with weakened immune systems


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are exploring the ideal vaccine booster strategy for immunosuppressed patients to protect those at higher risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19 infect...

UW study links past military service to Alzheimer’s disease


The brains of deceased military veterans had higher levels of two abnormal proteins considered hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that military veterans face a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s, according to a new study...

Paul DeLuca, longtime researcher and leader, dies at 79


Paul M. DeLuca Jr., PhD, a longtime researcher and leader at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW–Madison, died on Oct. 30 at the age of 79.

UW study examines potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are investigating whether the drug leuprolide, which is approved for prostate cancer in men, can be used to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in women.

Scott Reeder named chair of radiology


Renowned academic leader and researcher Scott Reeder, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Patricia Téllez-Girón earns prestigious Ohtli Award from Mexican government


Patricia Téllez-Girón, MD, associate professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is the esteemed face of health care and education in Madison’s Latinx/e community and...

UW study seeks IBD patients to study effectiveness of updated COVID-19 vaccines


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are investigating how well the updated monovalent COVID-19 vaccines work for inflammatory bowel disease patients.

New gene-editing technique holds potential for treating childhood blindness


Using a new experimental technique to fix faulty eye cells, a team led by UW–Madison researchers was able to repair a gene mutation that causes one form of childhood blindness. The scientists showed that their approach worked in lab-grown cells de...

Study explores midlife factors associated with blood biomarkers of neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s disease


Lifestyle and chronic health conditions in middle age, along with a person’s education level, show associations with emerging blood markers of neurodegeneration and Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study by researchers at the Univ...

New medical students’ passion for service evident at 2023 White Coat Ceremony


As incoming medical students described their motivation to pursue studies at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, a common theme arose: the desire to make an impact and give back to their communities. This passion was on full display as th...

Embracing the Wisconsin Idea

Our school's engagement extends across the entire state. We are deeply committed to improving the health of the people of Wisconsin, and in doing so, creating innovative models for the rest of the country. Through our academic campuses, our faculty and students participate in statewide education and research, with an emphasis on underserved rural and urban populations.