Collage of various historical images

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Medical History and Bioethics office will be closed beginning on March 17th 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 Please note that, effective March 23rd, all in-person classes will be moved to an online format until at least April 10th.

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)

Upcoming Bioethics Symposium in April
*** this event has been CANCELLED***

Please save the date of April 16, 2020, for the upcoming 12th Annual Bioethics Symposium. The theme will be “Valuing Health, Addressing Inequality,” a Symposium in Honor of UW–Madison Bioethicist Dan Hausman.
See Events for more details. CANCELLED


Prof. Streiffer talk now posted online

A recent talk presented by Prof. Robert Streiffer titled “The Ethical Landscape of Human Genome Editing” presented on 13 November 2019 can now be viewed on-line at the University Place website of the Wisconsin Channel of PBS Wisconsin. See News for details.

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