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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.

Recently Published Faculty Books!

Empire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia, Gregg Mitman. (The New Press, 2021).

The Gray Zones of Medicine: Healers and History in Latin America, Edited by Diego Armus and Pablo Gómez. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021).

Cannabis: Global Histories, Edited by Lucas Richert and James H. Mills. (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2021).

Please see Books for details.

Associate Professor Pablo Gómez receives H.I. Romnes Fellowship for 2021-22.

Please see News for details.

2021 SMPH Bioethics Symposium

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

Hot Topics in Public Health – Symposium

“Climate Change as a Public Health Emergency” will be the next event in the SMPH Hot Topics in Public Health symposium series on April 28 at 4 PM. Five panelists will be speaking at this virtual event, including department faculty member Paul Kelleher. Please see Events for more information on how to RSVP.