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.

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.

1958

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

1975

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.

1998

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

Health disparities expert Amy Kind named associate dean for social health sciences and programs

12/02/2021

Amy Kind, MD, PhD, will serve as the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s inaugural associate dean for social health sciences and programs. Kind is a professor of medicine and an international leader in the field of...

Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention marks 20th anniversary

11/30/2021

November marks a significant scientific milestone for the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. It is the 20th anniversary of a groundbreaking study th...

Wisconsin Partnership Program announces $4 Million in awards to health equity initiatives

11/29/2021

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced its 2021 Community Impact Grant awards.

Lung cancer screening guidelines may perpetuate disparities in health care

11/29/2021

Recent changes to national guidelines made more former and current smokers eligible for lung cancer screening, but a new study by a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health radiologist shows they did little to close the gap bet...

Access to Medicare increases lung cancer screening rates

11/29/2021

If lung cancer is caught early enough, it’s treatable with a high chance of long survival. But many people at high risk because of their smoking history aren’t screened until they turn 65 and are eligible for Medicare coverage.

UW teams up with NFL on research designed to reduce head injuries in athletes

11/23/2021

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are partnering with the National Football League (NFL) to study how on-field head impacts can inform injury reduction efforts at the professional and collegiate levels.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health honors Native American Heritage Month

11/22/2021

November marks Native American Heritage Month in the United States and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health reaffirms its commitment to advancing the health of Native Americans and increasing the representation of ...

Hospital socioeconomic status, strain may increase death rate among ICU patients with COVID-19

11/17/2021

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health used hospital data from patients with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care units across the nation to identify factors linked to higher mortality rates within...

Wisconsin Partnership Program announces new awards to support community-led efforts to improve Black maternal and infant health

11/16/2021

The Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced eight new awards totaling $1.2 million to support community organizations working to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for Black mothers...

Alan Bridges shares his perspective as a veteran and medical leader of Madison’s VA hospital

11/11/2021

Alan Bridges, MD, is a professor of medicine and serves as the chief of staff at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. A veteran himself, he came to the University of Wisconsin in 1984 for a residency in internal medicine...

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.