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

Researchers reveal the pioneering role of Zelda in zygotic gene activation

05/17/2019

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have developed a novel strategy to address the role of vital proteins during early embryonic development.

Biomolecular chemistry researcher David Brow develops improved method for tracking molecular signals in living cells

05/16/2019

A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher has established a new approach to understanding how protein and RNA molecules in a cell cooperate to direct the proper expression of genes.

SHOW study finds LGBT health disparities

05/13/2019

Findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), a population-based health examination survey, show that there are disparities in health outcomes, healthcare access and quality among LGBT individuals in Wisconsin.

'Bad guy' fibrocytes could help rebuild damaged tissue

05/13/2019

Welham’s group was already studying the role fibrocytes play in wound healing. Fibrocytes are seen as “bad actors” that lead to scarring. In the monocyte family of blood cells, they arise from the bone marrow and are usually foun...

13 Carbone Cancer Center researchers earn prestigious campus and national awards

05/10/2019

Thirteen University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center researchers have earned prestigious campus honors. The awards were announced in early May.

UW researchers receive $15 million from NIH for Alzheimer's research

05/09/2019

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will establish, among other activities, a first-of-its-kind research program into improving the care of Alzheimer’s patients and reducing caregiver stress through a $15 million grant fr...

Researchers identify genes associated with facial beauty

05/06/2019

Researchers have discovered that an individual’s sex determines where in the genome are genes that affect perceived facial attractiveness.

Aaron Struck wins award for research to better predict seizures

05/03/2019

Epilepsy physician and researcher Aaron Struck, MD, won the INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) for research in how to better predict seizures in patients with critical illness.

Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers hires Elizabeth Bush as new statewide director

05/01/2019

The Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program has hired a new statewide director. Elizabeth Bush will oversee Wisconsin’s AHEC state program office at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Wisconsin Partnership Program seeks applicants for 2019 Community Collaboration Grants

05/01/2019

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking applicants for its 2019 Community Collaboration Grant Program.

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.