The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is dedicated to a mission, vision and values shared by UW Health, an integrated academic health system.


Advancing health without compromise through:

  • Service: Providing the best possible patient care experience and outcomes for all those who need our services and providing programs that support the health and wellness of individuals and populations.
  • Scholarship: Delivering contemporary education for current and future generations of health professionals.
  • Science: Conducting a broad range of research to discover the most promising ways to promote health and to prevent, detect and treat illness in people and populations.
  • Social responsibility: Doing what is best for the communities we serve through environmental sustainability, policy advocacy, health care delivery and public health.


  • Integrity: Doing the right things at the right time and place. Focus on the best interests of patients. Be honest with patients, learners and each other.
  • Innovation: Finding new and better ways to enhance quality of care and all aspects of our work.
  • Compassion: Treat patients, families, learners and each other with kindness and empathy. Connect with patients and families individually and personally and engage them as partners in their care decisions.
  • Accountability: Be individually and collectively responsible for the work we do and for the outcomes and experience of every patient, every learner, every day.
  • Respect: Honor patients’ right to privacy and confidentiality. Value differences among individuals and groups. Actively listen, encourage feedback and choose the best way to deliver timely and meaningful information.
  • Excellence: Strive to be the best and work continuously to improve performance and exceed expectations.
  • Diversity: Foster a culture of inclusion and respect among our patients, employees, learners, and the communities we serve. Through teaching, discovery and advocacy, promote equity in access to quality health care.