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.

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

Researchers identify ways to improve emergency care for people living with dementia

08/08/2022

A new collection of research papers sets out priority areas to better provide emergency care for people living with dementia in the United States.

Erik Ranheim to become chair of Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

07/29/2022

Erik Ranheim, MD, PhD, an academic physician with a distinguished record of achievement in medical education, will be the next chair of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory...

Wisconsin Partnership Program accepting applications for New Investigator Program grants

07/14/2022

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health invites eligible faculty to submit a preliminary application for a New Investigator Program grant. Awards are up to $150,000 over two years.

Wisconsin Partnership Program announces 2022 Collaborative Health Sciences Program grant recipients

06/28/2022

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced three new awards to interdisciplinary research teams through its Collaborative Health Sciences Grant Program. The new awards support novel approaches an...

UW School of Medicine and Public Health response to U.S. Supreme Court decision

06/24/2022

The following statement comes from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert N. Golden, MD.

Nine UW School of Medicine and Public Health faculty honored with university awards, fellowships

06/22/2022

Nine faculty members in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health received awards, fellowships, and research funding from the university for the 2021-2022 academic year.

UW eye research uncovers how stem cell photoreceptors reach their targets

06/15/2022

A new study reveals how photoreceptors grown from stem cells might extend biological wires, known as axons, to contact existing neurons.

Dr. Ellen M. Hartenbach, a gynecologic oncologist, will become the next chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

06/14/2022

Dr. Ellen M. Hartenbach, a gynecologic oncologist and expert in gynecologic cancer clinical trials, will become the next chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Black patients in Wisconsin 50% less likely to be treated for pancreatic cancer

06/10/2022

Black patients with pancreatic cancer have lower survival rates than white patients, and a new study suggests why: They are much less likely to receive life-extending treatments.

Manish Shah to become chair of Emergency Medicine

06/09/2022

Dr. Manish N. Shah, a pioneer in the field of geriatric emergency medicine, will be the next chair of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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.