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

Funding opportunity
Nonprofit health organizations in Wisconsin are encouraged to submit grant proposals for pilot projects that improve maternal infant health by addressing inequities in health outcomes. Submit proposals by May 30, 2023.
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

UW Health, UW School of Medicine and Public Health launch UW Clinical Trials Institute


UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health are announcing the formation of the University of Wisconsin Clinical Trials Institute to advance health care innovations via clinical trials at UW–Madison.

2023 graduates embrace the challenge of advancing health and health equity


Members of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s class of 2023 followed a myriad of paths to the university to pursue their degrees under one unifying vision: to advance health and health equity. Poised for their next career steps in...

Survey highlights changes in Wisconsinites’ alcohol consumption during COVID-19 pandemic


A new survey from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health details which populations experienced the greatest change in alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that higher-earning younger adults increased drinking...

UW Native American Center for Health Professions receives funding to expand recruitment of indigenous students into health professions


A University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health center will be expanding its effort to recruit more American Indian/Alaska Native people into health professions.

Ed Chapman’s tenacious approach to the 'most important' problems in biology


No matter how obscure his latest study of fundamental nervous processes might seem, Ed Chapman, PhD, will try to ease people’s minds.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health accepting applicants for grants to improve maternal and child health


Nonprofit health organizations in Wisconsin seeking to improve the health outcomes of mothers and their infants during the prenatal and postpartum periods have until May 30 to apply for funding from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine a...

Elizabeth Quinlan chosen as new chair of Department of Neuroscience


Elizabeth Quinlan, PhD, an accomplished research scientist and strategic leader, will be the next chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

UW study details how HPV may promote head and neck cancer


Cancer researchers have long known that the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) is a leading cause of head and neck cancer, and now a study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health sheds light on how HPV tu...

UW Population Health Institute helps bolster community health worker workforce with CDC grant


During the COVID-19 pandemic, community health workers like Hmongshee Khang were on the front lines focusing on an equitable response to reducing the disease’s spread.

Federal agency uses UW–Madison Neighborhood Atlas research to shape national health policy


A data tool developed by UW–Madison researchers showing health-relevant metrics for every neighborhood in the United States is guiding a national model to help Medicare beneficiaries from under-resourced communities access health care more effecti...

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.