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

UW Health offers screen time guidance for families


In a new study out today in a leading pediatrics journal, UW Health experts urge families to be mindful of increased screen time, especially as we approach virtual classes in the middle of winter.

All of Us Research Research Program returns first genetic results to participants


Participants who donated biosamples, via the University of Wisconsin‒Madison and UW Health, as part of the historic “All of Us” Research Program, may soon see a return of their genetic results.

UW researchers develop tool to equitably distribute limited vaccines


The demand for COVID-19 vaccines continues to outpace supply, forcing public health officials to decide who should be first in line for a shot, even among those in the same pool of eligible vaccine recipients.

One year later: Expert panel gathers to reflect on the coronavirus pandemic


One year ago, at an event organized by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, a panel of experts in virology, infection control, global health, clinical testing, vaccine development, and health system responses reflected on an emerging ...

Jamey Weichert, Zachary Morris leading a team to develop new way to help immune system fight back against cancer


Scientists at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are breaking new ground to make cancer cells more susceptible to attack by the body’s own immune system.

New statewide data show evidence of four-fold increase in recent COVID-19 infections


Preliminary results from the second wave of a UW–Madison study estimated 6.8% of Wisconsin residents have evidence of recent infection of COVID-19.

Video: A holiday message from Dean Robert N. Golden


Robert N. Golden, MD, dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, shares a holiday message, reflecting on how each member of our school has embodied the three C’s — commitment, community and continuity — to...

UW vision researchers partner with U.S. Department of Defense to develop stem cell therapy for combat-related eye injuries


Using an ingenious microscopic retinal patch, eye researchers at UW‒Madison will develop and test a new way to treat United States military personnel blinded in combat.

Leaders of Wisconsin’s two medical schools urge everyone to take action during the COVID-19 outbreak


Leaders of Wisconsin’s two medical schools have an urgent message to the public: Right now, every person in the state has the power to save lives by choosing to take a stand against COVID-19.

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.

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.