Collage of various historical images

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Medical History and Bioethics office will be closed until further notice. During this time, faculty and staff will be telecommuting from home and will be most accessible via email. If you have general inquiries, please direct them to the dept office at

A Smart Return to Campus for Spring 2021 - The University of Wisconsin-Madison welcomes students back to campus for the start of spring classes on January 25. Please note that the university has adopted new measures to enhance the safety of the campus community during the spring semester.

The Department of Medical History and Bioethics dates back to 1950, when the University of Wisconsin Medical School created a Department of the History of Medicine, the second department of its kind in the country. The Program in Medical Ethics has been an integral part of the department since its founding in 1973.   (More information --> About Us)

2021 SMPH Bioethics Symposium

The 2021 SMPH Bioethics Symposium will be held virtually—as a podcast!. Please see News for details.


Emer Lucey receives AAHM Shryock Medal

UW History doctoral candidate Emer Lucey received the 2020 Richard H. Shryock Medal from the AAHM for her essay titled “Beauty and Joy: The Aesthetics of Autism and Down Syndrome.” Please see News for more information.

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