University of Wisconsin–Madison

Cynthia Haq


M.D., Indiana University

Departments & Organizations

Departments of Family Medicine and Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health

Research Focus

Socially accountable health professional education


(414) 219-7937

Cynthia Haq, M.D., is a professor of family medicine and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Over the course of her career, she has served as a champion for primary health care within the U.S. and abroad, and has created numerous programs to improve health for disadvantaged populations.

Haq was the founding director of the UW Center for Global Health from 2005-2011. The Center catalyzed UW faculty to create a rich spectrum of interdisciplinary global health courses and field programs for hundreds of students from the undergraduate to post-graduate levels, and was the precursor to the Global Health Institute.

Haq has promoted health for vulnerable populations since early in her career. She served as medical director for a rural health center in Uganda where she trained village health workers to improve child survival in 1986. She established the first family medicine training program for physicians in Pakistan in 1991. Haq assessed the needs and influenced U.S. government policies to expand health programs for Afghan women and children refugees from 1988-92. She is now leading efforts to strengthen medical education in Ethiopia.

Haq has designed and published extensively on socially accountable health professional education. She led an International Health Fellowship Program and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization. She has received numerous research and teaching awards, including Fulbright scholarships to Pakistan and Uganda.

In addition to her scholarship, Haq has remained clinically active. She provided spectrum family medicine for families in rural Belleville and in Madison, Wisconsin for 20 years. She has practiced in central Milwaukee, where she cares for families, the uninsured and homeless, and has led the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health program for UW medical students since 2008.