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.

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

Society of Neurological Surgeons honors Robert Dempsey

06/21/2018

Robert Dempsey, MD, chairman of neurosurgery in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is the third recipient of the national society’s Medical Student Teaching Award.

UW Carbone study to look for ways to personalize therapy in colorectal cancer

06/15/2018

A five-year, $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute will support UW Carbone Cancer Center physician-researcher Dusty Deming, MD, and colleagues in their pursuit of more effective treatments for colorectal-cancer patients.

Jonathan Jaffery appointed to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

06/12/2018

Jonathan Jaffery, MD, senior vice president and chief population health officer for UW Health and professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has been appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commis...

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

06/11/2018

A new class of health professionals and scientists graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health May 11-12.

Tool links health care organizations, public to improve the health of Wisconsinites

06/08/2018

Wisconsin residents can now consult an online tool to learn exactly what their local communities are doing to improve health.

Health Equity Leadership Institute aims to advance health disparities research

06/07/2018

Dozens of researchers from around the country will soon come to UW-Madison for a “boot camp” to help increase the number of minority researchers investigating health disparities and health equity.

Wisconsin’s obesity map: The ZIP codes weigh in

06/05/2018

Health researchers have compiled a searchable map of obesity in America’s Dairyland by ZIP code, and the picture is alarming.

Analysis: Promising cell type represents new frontier for treating disease

06/01/2018

A type of cell drawn from certain body tissues shows enormous potential to treat a range of diseases in the United States and Europe, but it must first receive federal approval as a regulated pharmaceutical.

Valerie Gilchrist earns family medicine leadership award

05/31/2018

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Chair Valerie Gilchrist, MD, has been honored with the 2018 F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Robert Fettiplace wins 2018 Kavli Prize for hearing research

05/31/2018

Robert Fettiplace, PhD, who pioneered techniques to better understand the physiology of hearing, was announced as one of the winners of the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, one of the world’s preeminent scientific honors, for work that helped un...

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.