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

Global Health projects receive funding

08/01/2018

Four projects led by University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health faculty and staff received funding from the Global Health Institute.

Scientists discover cause of aging-related disease in mice, then reverse its symptoms

07/30/2018

In a study published in Aging Cell, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison show that mice making too much of a human protein called AT-1 show signs of early aging and premature death, which are also symptoms of the human disorder proge...

Inherited brain pathway underlies the risk for anxiety and depression

07/30/2018

In studies of young rhesus monkeys, researchers from the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry have discovered brain pathways that underlie children’s vulnerability to develop anxiety and depression later in life.

Researchers trace Parkinson’s damage in the heart

07/30/2018

A new way to examine stress and inflammation in the heart will help Parkinson’s researchers test new therapies and explore an unappreciated way the disease puts people at risk of falls and hospitalization.

Jonathan Jaffery appointed to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

07/27/2018

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...

UW-Madison establishes state’s first and only addiction hotline for providers

07/26/2018

In what is believed to be a national first, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in conjunction with UW Health, has established a new resource for Wisconsin primary-care physicians and other providers to help them successfully manage patients with...

Evie Carchman awarded grant to study anal cancer

07/25/2018

While people infected with HIV are living longer due to better therapies, their weakened immune systems are linked to what is now a leading cause of death in the HIV population: cancer.

UW research on display at Alzheimer's conference

07/25/2018

More than 50 UW-Madison researchers presented work at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Chicago, Illinois, this week. The event is the world’s largest gathering dedicated to the scientific study of dem...

Early hormone therapy not associated with cognitive harm

07/23/2018

Hormone therapy is not associated with cognitive harm for women if therapy begins around the age of menopause in healthy women, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison research presented this week at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association Int...

Wisconsin researchers receive $60 million from NIH for All of Us research program

07/18/2018

Four Wisconsin medical and scientific organizations – Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of Versit...

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.