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

Study finds analyzing DNA in urine could help detect cancer


A study published this week in Science Translational Medicine describes how urinalysis could potentially be used to detect some forms of cancer.

A year of COVID-19: How the UW School of Medicine and Public Health responded to the challenge


On Jan. 27, 2021, a group of experts in virology, infection control, global health, clinical testing, vaccine development, and health system responses took part in a virtual panel organized by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health titled ...

Viral sequencing catches mutations, guides effective public health response


Thousands of daily cases. Hundreds of thousands of deaths. Hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. As the tallies of COVID-19’s effects in the United States have mounted to a dizzying scale, a team of University of Wisconsin–Madison scientist...

Campus partnership to support community vaccination efforts


Vaccination efforts across the state will get a boost thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and a partnership with the UW–Madison School of Nursing and four UW System nursing s...

Zhan ‘Ross’ Luo remembered as kind friend, brilliant scientist, lover of adventure


UW–Madison graduate student Zhan “Ross” Luo died on Wednesday, Jan. 27, after a brief battle with T cell lymphoma. He is remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues as a kind person and brilliant scientist dedicated to his educat...

Face masks remain an essential tool in fight against COVID-19


Despite today’s repeal of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ recent public health emergency order and the corresponding statewide mask mandate, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health urges the importance of face c...

UW School of Medicine and Public Health expert debunks vaccine misinformation and myths


Detecting misinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccination is a challenge, but an expert at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is here to bust myths and help the public.

UW Health offers screen time guidance for families


In a new study out today in a leading pediatrics journal, UW Health experts urge families to be mindful of increased screen time, especially as we approach virtual classes in the middle of winter.

All of Us Research Research Program returns first genetic results to participants


Participants who donated biosamples, via the University of Wisconsin‒Madison and UW Health, as part of the historic “All of Us” Research Program, may soon see a return of their genetic results.

UW researchers develop tool to equitably distribute limited vaccines


The demand for COVID-19 vaccines continues to outpace supply, forcing public health officials to decide who should be first in line for a shot, even among those in the same pool of eligible vaccine recipients.

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.