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

Patricia Kiley elected 2020 AAAS Fellow for research on bacterial oxygen response


Patricia Kiley, PhD, professor and chair of biomolecular chemistry, has been elected a 2020 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is one of six fellows elected from the University of Wisconsin–Madison this year.

Alan Bridges wins prestigious Veterans Heath Administration award


Alan Bridges, MD, professor of medicine and chief of staff at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, has won the prestigious Veterans Heath Administration (VHA) John D. Chase Award for Executive Excellence in Health Care.

Robert Fettiplace wins Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize


In the past two years, Robert Fettiplace, PhD, amassed two prestigious academic honors, and a recently announced third puts him in company with scientists who were subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize.

First-in-humans clinical trial to treat children with relapsed neuroblastoma opens at American Family Children’s Hospital


A first-in-humans clinical trial for children with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma has opened at American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH) and is being conducted by researchers at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Hea...

Ying Ge receives Biemann Medal, named to Top 100 Analytical Scientist Power List


Ying Ge, PhD, professor of cell and regenerative biology, has been awarded the Biemann Medal from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry for 2020. She was also named to the Top 100 Analytical Scientist Power List by The Analytical Scientist.

Requiring basic level of health care coverage is important for healthy people and communities


On Nov. 10, the United States Supreme Court is considering oral arguments in two cases related to the requirement that all Americans maintain health insurance coverage. The health impact of this straightforward governmental mandate is broad-reachi...

UW set to resume enrollment for AstraZeneca's investigational COVID-19 vaccine


A clinical trial of an investigational COVID-19 vaccine has resumed in the United States after the FDA and an independent safety review board completed their review of a trial participant in the United Kingdom who became ill.

COVID-19 data model quantifies region-specific impact of social distancing orders


As the COVID-19 pandemic first took hold in regions across the United States in spring 2020, local officials, hoping to quell the spread of the virus, turned to the only actionable defenses available at the time: closing schools and businesses, ba...

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial resumes at UW


AstraZeneca announced that the COVID-19 vaccine trial has resumed in the United States, including at UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, after the FDA and an independent safety review board completed their review of an illne...

Campus blood drive to benefit COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program in Madison and others across the country


The Badgers Give Back Blood Drive, scheduled for Oct. 27-29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Nick, 797 W. Dayton St., in Madison, is a chance for students to help those fighting COVID-19.

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.