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

Alzheimer's renewal grant to focus on biomarkers of the disease

09/25/2018

The Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) has been awarded a five-year, $19 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to enable in-depth study of molecular hallmarks of the disease in the brain and spinal fl...

Joshua Coon honored for outstanding achievements in proteomics

09/24/2018

Joshua Coon, PhD, professor of biomolecular chemistry and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has earned a Discovery in Proteomic Sciences Award from the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO).

Deneen Wellik named chair of cell and regenerative biology

09/21/2018

Deneen Wellik, PhD, has been chosen as the next chair of the Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Inaugural Wisconsin Healthy Communities Named

09/17/2018

Thirty-one Wisconsin communities have been recognized for their work to improve health in their communities.

Ed Chapman Wins Pew Innovation Fund Award

09/14/2018

The Pew Charitable Trust announced today that Ed Chapman, PhD, professor of neuroscience in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is one of a dozen leading “Innovation Fund” researchers who will collaborate ...

UW-Madison study is first to link cadmium exposure to lower ability to see contrast

09/14/2018

Cadmium exposure may increase the risk for problems with a key component of good vision, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Amy Kind elected new chair of Wisconsin Partnership Program Oversight and Advisory Committee

09/11/2018

The Wisconsin Partnership Program is pleased to announce that Amy Kind, MD, PhD has been elected as chair of the Oversight and Advisory Committee. Recommended by Dean Robert N. Golden, MD, Dr. Kind began her new role in July 2018, and follows...

UW to test using MDMA to treat PTSD

09/11/2018

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will take part in a multisite Food and Drug Administration-approved Phase III trial investigating MDMA as an adjunct to psychotherapy for the tre...

Mental health in pregnancy may affect development of newborns’ brains

09/05/2018

Many factors can influence the development of a baby during pregnancy and after birth, but until recently, researchers knew little about the relationship between an expectant mother’s mental health and the subsequent development of her baby ...

Blockages in nerve-cell protein “factory” implicated in neurodegenerative disease

09/05/2018

A molecular basis underlying the neurodegenerative condition hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) has been identified in a study by University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health researchers. The research, published in Cell Reports, s...

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.