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.


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

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality Health Disparities Report details gaps


A new landmark study released September 19, 2019 by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) and supported by the Wisconsin Partnership Program, provides a unique set of data, not available elsewhere, that sheds light on how ...

UW-Madison cancer research conference focuses on targeted radionuclide therapy


University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting a national conference on targeted radionuclide therapy (TRT), a promising new technology that combines cytotoxic radioisotopes with molecularly targeted agents to produce an anti-cancer therapy capable of...

Michael Abernethy named to Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee


Michael Abernethy, MD, has been named to a new federal Air Ambulance and Patient Billing (AAPB) Advisory Committee.

Thomas 'Rock' Mackie receives gold medal from American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)


Dr. Thomas “Rock” Mackie, of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, will receive the Gold Medal Award for his contributions to cancer treatment from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the world’s premier radiation oncolo...

Wisconsin Partnership Program welcomes Jennifer Stegall to the Oversight and Advisory Committee


The Wisconsin Partnership Program is pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance, Mark Afable, has appointed Jennifer Stegall to the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC).

Media advisory: equity in correctional health care


People who are incarcerated have unique and often complex healthcare needs. In an event hosted by Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, attendees will hear from experts about their careers and experiences within the correctional health...

Wisconsin Partnership Program seeks 2019 New Investigator Program grant applicants


The Wisconsin Partnership Program invites eligible faculty to submit a preliminary application for a New Investigator Program grant. Awards are up to $150,000 over two years.

'Clamp' regulates message transfer between mammal neurons


A fundamental question in nerve biology brings to mind a race car at the starting line: The engine is revving, but the brake is on. The system is ready to go, but under tight control.

Wisconsin Partnership Program Seeks Oversight and Advisory Committee Member


The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking nominations to fill a public member vacancy in the category of “community health advocate” on the Oversight and Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth Nugent named chief clinical research officer


Elizabeth “Betsy” Nugent, MSPH, CCRP, will become the inaugural Director of Clinical Trials Development and Accreditation/Chief Clinical Research Officer, effective September 3. Nugent is charged with leading the establishment of the S...

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.