University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

UWM is in the planning stages of establishing Wisconsin’s first accredited School of Public Health. The new school provides Milwaukee with the unique opportunity to establish itself as a major contributor to public health scholarship and research and to the education of public health professionals. This action has been approved by the UW System Board of Regents and supported vigorously by the Honorable Mayor Tom Barrett, regional legislators and numerous local and statewide organizations.

The new Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health will conduct rigorous and essential public health research that will help build the public health infrastructure so necessary in Milwaukee and beyond. Although schools of public health do not deliver health services, they have an important role to play in advancing public health as they:

  • educate a significant proportion of the public health workforce,
  • positively impact the economic status of Milwaukee and Wisconsin,
  • lead public health policy initiatives,
  • develop outreach programs that can help remediate public health problems, and
  • address community public health issues through effective research and partnerships with public and private organizations.

In September of 2007, Milwaukee businessman and philanthropist Joseph Zilber matched the largest single gift to UWM giving $10 million to kick-start the School of Public Health. Over the coming years, many more gifts of all sizes will need to be cultivated on this school’s behalf.


For more information on gift opportunities please contact:

Monika Nagy

Senior Development Specialist, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
Phone: (414) 229-3970
Email: nagy@uwm.edu