Comprised of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Professions and Sciences and the Joseph J. Zilber College of Public Health, UWM Partners for Health is the result of a growing exchange of knowledge and resources between institutions of higher education and the public and private sectors. The UWM Partners for Health initiative promotes community engagement locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Through our collaboration, we:
  • Enrich scholarship, research and creative activity
  • Enhance curriculum, teaching and learning
  • Prepare educated, engaged citizens
  • Strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility
  • Address critical societal issues
  • Contribute to the public good to make healthier living a global reality

Developing our partnership

UWM has a strong commitment to health disciplines, boasting two health-related colleges. Together, we have the largest health-related faculty in Wisconsin. UWM Partners for Health is the result of several decades of fostering alliances and mutual exchange. Through our collective mission to train future health care professionals and practitioners, we aim to build on that collaboration and to advance strategic and impactful leadership efforts.

Working together to Collaborate, Educate, Innovate


As a strong leader in health education, research and practice, we serve our local urban community and residents statewide by advancing an interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative health mission, partnering in four key areas:
  • Student success
  • Research excellence
  • Community engagement and practice
  • Integrated and shared services
UWM is a Carnegie Classified Institution, and we align our work with its definition of community engagement: “collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”


UWM programs are well equipped to influence health promotion, disease prevention, delivery of high-quality and cost-effective care, and population health improvement for individuals, their families and the communities in which they live. With over 5,000 students (3,900 undergraduate and 1,115 graduate), we envision a strong, far-reaching impact in Wisconsin and the region as we prepare our students to engage with the community to advance health and wellness across the life span. We improve learning, research and practice opportunities to train our next generation of health professionals to be critical-thinking, problem-solving and change-adaptive leaders and collaborators.


Population health is a rapidly advancing discipline that enables individuals in the health care and public health sectors to work together for:
  • Improved care for individuals
  • Better health for populations
  • Lower per capita costs.
  Our partnership addresses these emerging trends and imperatives by adopting interprofessional and multidisciplinary approaches.