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

The future needs us now
We are Wisconsin Medicine, a philanthropic partnership between the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Health, and donors like you, determined to make a difference.

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

Patient communication improves when hospital doctors take a seat


A new study indicates that the simple act of a doctor sitting in a chair during hospital bedside discussions improved the experience for physicians and patients alike.

Air sampling at schools accurately detects flu and COVID-19 virus levels


Air samplers placed in school cafeterias provided an accurate look at a flu epidemic and at constant low levels of COVID-19 infections in a K-12 school district during the 2022-23 school year, according to a new study from researchers at the Unive...

Gut inflammation is associated with aging and Alzheimer’s disease


A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health suggests a link between gut inflammation and changes in the brain and declines in memory, further supporting a connection between the gut and brain in A...

UW–Madison receives $150 million grant to lead nationwide Alzheimer’s disease study


The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has been awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health for a nationwide research initiative to investigate the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

UW clinical trial tests new way to treat glioblastoma


A new clinical trial at UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center uses a personalized medicine method to try to teach the immune system to recognize and destroy glioblastoma tumors.

UW researcher’s career inspired by his own spinal cord injury


Dan Hellenbrand grew up on a small farm near Lodi and by his 20s was on the path to his desired career in carpentry. Then, in an instant, that path vanished.

Researchers pursue easier, earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease in Black adults


A blood biomarker and a method of testing cognitive processes such as memory and thinking could hold promise for identifying middle-aged Black people who are at risk for later developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the...

New UW study examines COVID-19 vaccines in people with weakened immune systems


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are exploring the ideal vaccine booster strategy for immunosuppressed patients to protect those at higher risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19 infect...

UW study links past military service to Alzheimer’s disease


The brains of deceased military veterans had higher levels of two abnormal proteins considered hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that military veterans face a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s, according to a new study...

Paul DeLuca, longtime researcher and leader, dies at 79


Paul M. DeLuca Jr., PhD, a longtime researcher and leader at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW–Madison, died on Oct. 30 at the age of 79.

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.