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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have since tested negative, please consider donating plasma for a clinical trial. If you are in the Madison area, call 608-262-8300 or e-mail to learn more.

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 uses bio-panning for brain cancer


The first time John Wiley passed out, in 2013, he fell flat on his face in a welding shop. He figured he’d tripped on the gas hoses, but his doctor disagreed: “You were unconscious before you hit the ground. Otherwise, you would have p...

CDC Director Robert R. Redfield's visit canceled, alternate event planned


Update as of January 27, 2020: Regrettably, Dr. Redfield has been called away on CDC business and is not able to join us at this time.

Remembering Beth Potter


With heavy hearts, we share that Beth Potter, MD, associate professor (CHS) in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, passed away on March 31, 2020. Our sadness and shock at this loss is profound. We honor the passion and commitme...

Jomol Mathew named Chief, Biomedical Informatics


With expertise in using data as a catalyst for discovery and better health, Jomol Mathew, PhD, will join the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as Chief, Biomedical Informatics.

Wisconsin Partnership Program announces $1.5 million in COVID-19 grant funding


A new funding opportunity from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will help researchers and community organizations respond to the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deleting a gene prevents Type 1 diabetes in mice by disguising insulin-producing cells


Removing a gene from the cells that produce insulin prevents mice from developing Type 1 diabetes by sparing the cells an attack from their own immune system, a new UW–Madison study shows.

New master’s degree in health informatics meets industry need


The University of Wisconsin–Madison has introduced a new online Master of Science in Clinical and Health Informatics. Housed in the School of Medicine and Public Health, the degree meets the growing needs of the health informatics industry.

A message to our partners and faculty: Wisconsin Partnership Program's response to COVID-19


To our community partners and to our university faculty, staff and stakeholders,

Molds damage lung's protective barrier to spur future asthma attacks


University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have identified a new way that common Aspergillus molds can induce asthma, by first attacking the protective tissue barrier deep in the lungs.

Newly identified cellular 'trash removal program' helps create new neurons


New research by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists reveals how a cellular filament helps neural stem cells clear damaged and clumped proteins, an important step in eventually producing new neurons.

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.