About UWM and the Zilber School of Public Health
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is an urban research university committed to academic excellence. A Carnegie-designated Doctoral/Research Extensive institution, it is one of two doctoral degree-granting institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. UWM has an enrollment of over 30,000 students and currently offers 155 degree programs through 14 schools and colleges. The campus is located in an attractive residential neighborhood on Milwaukee's northeast side, only a few minutes from downtown Milwaukee and from Lake Michigan.
The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health (Zilber School) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was founded in 2009 with an explicit commitment to social and environmental justice. Initiative by a powerful combination of academic leaders, community advocates and investors, and local officials, the Zilber School strives to become an innovative, interdisciplinary, 'next generation' School of Public Health. Our School values excellence in education, research, and leadership, and promotes participatory community engagement, strategies and policies, all to foster transformational change for improving health and health equity. Ours is the newest school at the UW System's major metropolitan campus.
The Zilber School currently offers Master's of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental and Occupational Health and in Community and Behavioral Health Promotion. Additional Ph.D. programs in Public Health Policy and in Epidemiology are being planned. Remaining core MPH concentrations in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Policy/Administration are under development. Undergraduate education and certificate programs will be expanded, and joint degrees are anticipated.
The Zilber School's newly completed, five-story L.E.E.D.-certified main facility near downtown Milwaukee provides ample space for collaborative, interdisciplinary research and anchors one of Milwaukee's transforming historic neighborhoods. We are establishing innovative practice partnerships, beginning with the City of Milwaukee Health Department, a local academic health department co-located in our new facility. Additional approved dedicated wet laboratories on the main UW-Milwaukee campus will provide complementary space for cutting-edge, laboratory-based public health research.
Milwaukee is a vibrant, diverse urban area on the shores of Lake Michigan with easy access to beaches, a thriving cultural scene, an expansive urban parks system, and hundreds of miles of bike lanes and paths. There is great enthusiasm within the Milwaukee area for promoting public health and systems change. Opportunities for collaborative research and practice across institutions and sectors abound, including major initiatives around improving birth outcomes and healthier food systems.