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.


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

Nation’s only rural OB-GYN residency program celebrates first trainee


Dr. Laura McDowell will soon have a special place in American medical history.

Seven UW School of Medicine and Public Health faculty honored with university fellowships


Seven faculty members in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have been awarded fellowships from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for 2021-22.

New statewide data show evidence of increase in past COVID-19 infections


The third and final wave of a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health survey estimated more than 11% of participants had a positive COVID-19 antibody test due to infection with the virus that causes the disease — a two-fo...

UW researchers focus on boosting colorectal cancer screening rates in rural areas


Researchers at UW Carbone Cancer Center are working to understand why some primary care clinics in rural locations have successfully attained high rates of colorectal cancer screenings, insight they hope will help raise the rates of colorectal can...

Wisconsin Partnership Program to provide up to $2 million in grant funding for efforts to improve health of Black mothers and infants


The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced a new funding opportunity: Strengthening Community Solutions to Improve Black Maternal and Infant Health.

UW begins new clinical trial to treat fatal blood diseases in children, young adults


A clinical trial has launched at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to test the safety of a new type of stem cell transplantation to treat a variety of deadly blood disorders in children and young adults.

Dean Robert N. Golden: Proposed state legislation would endanger OB/GYN residency accreditation and restrict women’s health care


Dean Robert N. Golden, MD, and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair Laurel Rice, MD, testified on May 26, 2021 during a public hearing of the Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Human Services, Children and Families. One of the bills disc...

UW launches innovative Center for Health Disparities Research


A new center at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health seeks to examine how a person’s environment and social conditions impact their health down to the molecular level.

Robert Fettiplace elected to National Academy of Sciences


Robert Fettiplace, PhD, professor of neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is among 120 scientists across the United States selected to join the National Academy of Sciences in 2021. His renowned researc...

Patient with rare cancer uses telehealth to access clinical trial


Today is National Clinical Trials Day, and UW Health wants to celebrate the researchers, nurses, physicians and experts in the lab who make clinical trials available and impactful for our patients and community. UW Health officials also say virtua...

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.