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About the UW-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

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. Initiated 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, which is a Carnegie-designated Doctoral/Research-Extensive institution undergoing dynamic growth toward expanded research excellence.

We seek faculty members across all levels to join us in developing novel, transdisciplinary research, education, and practice programs that integrate divergent theoretical, epistemological, methodological and pedagogical approaches to improve overall population health and promote social and health equity.

The Zilber School currently offers Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degrees in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Epidemiology and Public Health Policy and Administration, as well as PhD programs in Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, and Community and Behavioral Health Promotion. Additional PhD programs in Public Health Policy and in Epidemiology are being planned. Undergraduate education and certificate programs will also be expanded, and joint degrees are anticipated.

Zilber School faculty are leading emerging research programs that address public health and health equity from the molecular to societal level. Current disciplinary expertise spans epigenetics; developmental neurobiology and immunotoxicology; social, environmental, and cancer epidemiology; statistical genetics; public health bioinformatics; social and behavioral sciences; maternal and child health; food systems and environmental policy; immigration and detention policy; housing policy; neighborhood context; and residential racial and economic segregation. (see Successful candidates will join our founding faculty in preparing the Zilber School to become Wisconsin’s first nationally-accredited School of Public Health.

The Zilber School’s newly completed, five-story LEED-certified main facility near downtown 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. Newly completed wet laboratories on the main UW-Milwaukee campus also provide complementary space for cutting-edge, laboratory-based public health research.

UWM is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment to mitigate the established health risks associated with exposure to second-hand smoke. UWM prohibits smoking of tobacco products in all University facilities.