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 the dept office at

A Smart Return to Campus for Fall 2020 - The University of Wisconsin-Madison will welcome students back to campus as scheduled for the start of fall classes on September 2. To ensure a “Smart Restart” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are developing a comprehensive plan for resuming campus activities. Please visit the UW Smart Restart page for more information.

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)

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.


ERC grant to Professor Gregg Mitman

Professor Gregg Mitman has been awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council. Please see News for details.

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