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 study looks to keep nursing homes safe during COVID-19 pandemic with telehealth


A new research study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health seeks to reduce COVID-19 spread in Wisconsin nursing homes by collaborating with community and academic partners to expand telehealth infrastructure.

Stem cells can repair Parkinson’s-damaged circuits in mouse brains


The mature brain is infamously bad at repairing itself following damage like that caused by trauma or strokes, or from degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. Stem cells, which are endlessly adaptable, have offered the promise of better neur...

Thriving community of postdocs play valuable role in campus research


National Postdoc Appreciation Week may have only been five days long, but postdoctoral trainees’ profound impact on the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and the entire university, is on display year-round.

Sue Wenker receives Joan M. Mills and Distinguished Educator awards


Sue Wenker, PT, PhD, was honored with the Joan M. Mills and Distinguished Educator awards by APTA Geriatrics—an Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association—in February 2020. Wenker is an assistant professor of family medicine and communit...

Howard Rowley receives 2020 Gold Medal from American Society of Neuroradiology


Howard Rowley, MD, has been awarded the 2020 Gold Medal by the American Society of Neuroradiology. This award honors exceptional service and achievement in neuroradiology and recognizes Dr. Rowley’s many contributions to stroke trials, demen...

UW Carbone Cancer Center receives FDA clearance to test new regenerative medicine therapy for radiotherapy-induced dry mouth


The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center has the go-ahead to start clinical trials on a first-in-human cell therapy to treat a common side effect of radiation therapy.

UW Health and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health selected among first clinical sites in the U.S. to test new COVID-19 vaccine


UW Health and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) are among the first sites in the country to study whether an investigational vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca can prevent COVID-19, th...

New medical students welcomed to UW in virtual White Coat Ceremony


Physicians must be resilient and adaptable. These qualities were on full display as the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health welcomed incoming medical students in a virtual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 21.

Nanoparticle system captures heart disease biomarker from blood for in-depth analysis


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a method combining sticky nanoparticles with high-precision protein measurement to capture and analyze a common marker of heart disease to reveal details that were previously inacce...

Darcie Moore selected as 2020 Vallee Scholar in recognition of research


Darcie L. Moore, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience, has been named by the Vallee Foundation as a 2020 Vallee Scholar. The award provides $300,000 in funding for basic biomedical research over four years.

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.