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

Updates on COVID-19
The School of Medicine and Public Health is working closely with campus and clinical partners to provide its faculty, staff, learners, and community with relevant COVID-19 developments. Find updates and information through the links below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have since tested negative, please consider donating plasma for a clinical trial. If you are in the Madison area, call 608-262-8300 or e-mail to learn more.

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

Coughing visualization compares effectiveness of various mask styles


Coupling function with fashion, cloth and home-sewn face masks are available in a variety of forms and fabrics. While experts underscore that wearing a mask is effective in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, not all masks — or the material...

Wisconsin Partnership Program provides boost for early-career investigators with latest grants


The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has awarded five grants through its New Investigator Program. This grant program is designed to provide opportunities for early-career faculty to initiate new, innova...

Badger Talks: All you need to know about wearing a mask


As the U.S. grapples with surges of new COVID-19 infections, everyone is looking for ways to slow the spread of the disease. In this Badger Talks video, Ajay Sethi, associate professor from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Departme...

UW School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health quickly launch numerous COVID-19 clinical trials


As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was deemed a pandemic, research institutions across the United States rapidly shifted focus to studies aimed at understanding the virus and finding treatments. The University of Wi...

DHS Announces COVID-19 Population Health Studies


Two studies will help public health experts understand the virus and inform public.

'COVID toes' clinical trial underway at UW School of Medicine and Public Health


A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is studying how the skin condition referred to as “COVID toes” is a connected to the virus, whether it is symptom of a COVID-19 infection or an i...

Neighborhood disadvantage associated with presence of Alzheimer’s disease-related brain changes at autopsy


People in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the United States may face greater odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease-related brain changes, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Remembering Dr. Edward Jackson


With great sadness, we share that Edward “Ed” Jackson, PhD, Chair Emeritus of Medical Physics, passed away on June 2, 2020 after a long illness. He will be remembered as a tireless advocate for science, education, and our broader commu...

A message to our partners: The Wisconsin Partnership Program's commitment to health equity


The Wisconsin Partnership Program staff and leadership are reaching out to express our support to our partners and grantees who are working tirelessly to aid their communities, patients and populations, in particular those suffering from the deep ...

Standing up for equality and health equity


It has been just over a week since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by police officers in Minneapolis during an attempted arrest in a horrific and brazen act of police brutality. This past weekend, powerful instances of both peaceful...

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.
Help us lead the way
As a world-class institution, our impact resonates around the world. By supporting the School of Medicine and Public Health, you'll help us continue to inspire students, expand research and advance the health and well-being of the people of Wisconsin and beyond.