Health and Wellness

A runner jogs along Arboretum Drive near Gallistel Woods at the Arboretum

The Graduate School cares about your well-being. Wellness is defined broadly here and includes physical, emotional, social, cultural, career, academic, spiritual, financial, environmental wellness and workplace safety. We encourage you to take advantage of the many resources offered here. All graduate students are welcome.


UWell provides resources that serve the wide spectrum of needs connected to wellness. At the UWell website, you can find information on mindfulness-based stress reduction, get advice on dealing with stress at work, and even take a burn-out self-test.

Health Coverage Benefits

Graduate students with assistantships and many fellowships benefit from UW–Madison's excellent health insurance coverage. For an overview of health coverage benefit go to the Office of Human Resources webpage.

Student Health Insurance

Students who need to purchase coverage are eligible for the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

Campus Safety

Visit the Campus Safety page for information about personal safety—from getting around safely on campus, near home and in the community to safety where you live, to preventing theft, sexual assault, dating, domestic violence, and stalking.

Work-Life Balance

Explore the resources available to find work-life balance.

Recreational Sports

Click here to find information about the various sports and recreational facilities available on campus as well as the range of services open to students, including guest and audit students, and their spouse or domestic partner.

More Campus Resources

The university already has a culture of wellness, and programs are available to provide healthy opportunities for everyone.

—Sarah Van Orman, executive director of University Health Services

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