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

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

Stem cells could help cancer patients fight dangerous infections


Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a more efficient way to grow the white blood cells that serve as front-line defenders against bacterial infections but are often depleted as a potentially deadly side effect of cance...

CDC Director Robert R. Redfield to deliver public talk Jan. 29


Members of the UW–Madison campus community and the public are invited to a talk on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. by Robert R. Redfield, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Survey of the Health of Wisconsin now an ICTR Community-Academic Partnerships affiliate


This November, the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) joined the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research’s Community-Academic Partnership program as an affiliate member.

Scoring system predicts seizure risk in hospitalized patients


A new rating system can accurately predict which critically ill patients are in danger of having seizures while hospitalized, a large, multi-national trial shows.

Study: Access to Medicare increases cancer detection


Access to Medicare significantly impacts detection of certain cancers and life expectancy following cancer diagnosis, according to a new study from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health that was recently published online in the Journal of Po...

Video: A new year's message from Dean Robert Golden


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden, MD, shares some of the school's successes from 2019 and outlines priorities for 2020.

Study finds where you live affects brain health


Living in disadvantaged neighborhoods may impact the brain, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

UW-Madison inventors aim to replace old-style breast-surgery marker


Three University of Wisconsin–Madison innovators have invented a better way for surgeons to locate tumors during lumpectomies for breast cancer.

Inflammation predicts response to anti-depression medication


Children and teens with bipolar depression responded better to an antipsychotic medicine if they had increased markers of inflammation in their blood, a new University of Wisconsin–Madison study shows.

UW Carbone Cancer Center physicians: All cancer patients should be screened for Hepatitis C


All cancer patients should be screened for exposure to the Hepatitis C virus because cancer treatment can make an active viral infection worse, according to a statement published this month in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

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.