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

Healthy Communities Designation celebrates and encourages local health improvement efforts


The Healthy Communities Designation program seeks to recognize communities throughout the state for their efforts to improve the health of their residents.

21st century medicine helps Amish deal with rare, inherited illnesses


LA FARGE, Wisconsin – There is no car in the driveway, neither phone nor electricity in the house. Handmade clothes dry on the line.

Wisconsin Partnership Program announces new research awards through Collaborative Health Sciences Program


The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced awards to three interdisciplinary research projects to address significant and diverse health and healthcare issues through its Collaborative Health Sci...

Wisconsin Partnership Program Announces $2.4 Million in Community Collaboration Grant Awards


The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced its 2019 Community Collaboration Grant awards. The awards will provide training and technical assistance and funding to strengthen community organizatio...

Survey of the Health of Wisconsin team presents at international conference


From Aug. 25-28, SHOW team members Kristen Malecki, PhD, MPH; Amy Schultz, MS, and Alex Spicer attended the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Binge drinking costs Wisconsin $4 billion annually


A new study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute reveals the financial magnitude of adult binge drinking in Wisconsin.

Study: Higher social media engagement with marijuana marketing linked to higher rates of use


One in three youth in states with legal recreational marijuana (cannabis) engage with marijuana brands on social media.

UW–Madison’s Jonathan Patz elected to National Academy of Medicine


Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, professor and director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of his pioneering research showing the risk global c...

Wisconsin's First Prevention Research Center to focus on mother-baby health


Wisconsin’s first Prevention Research Center is coming to UW-Madison thanks to a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wisconsin Partnership Program announces awards to health equity initiatives


The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced its 2019 Community Impact Grant awards for initiatives working to improve health and health equity across Wisconsin. The grants sup...

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.