The UW Health Marketing and Communications team dedicated to SMPH includes a web content, marketing, and media strategist and draws on the resources of programmers, graphic designers, and social media and email marketing specialists.
The UW Health Marketing and Communications team manages the public website and intranet for the School of Medicine and Public Health as well as the school’s primary Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages and produces a variety of email communications, including the monthly SMPH e-News.
UW Health Marketing and Communications does not manage websites and social media for individual departments, centers, institutes and programs, but is happy to consult on strategy, best practices or design. Contact us at email@example.com.
Areas of expertise
- Content strategy
- Search engine optimization (SEO)
- Back-end development (server and database administration)
- User experience/user interaction
- Responsive design
- Social media
How to request website or intranet updates
Please use the Web submission form to ensure you have all of the information collected for updates, and to assist with the tracking and triage of requests.
To submit an item for the events calendar, see this guide to adding events to the SMPH website.
Please note: For extensive updates or to add new sections of content, the turnaround time will depend on available resources and the project scope. We will not be able to complete extensive projects on short notice.
The process of creating a new section of content may include all or some of these steps:
- Initial inquiry from faculty or staff member
- Followup from UW Health to set a meeting to discuss the project in more detail, including audience, goals, strategy, content development, project responsibilities and timeline
- Gathering or creation of source content and supporting materials, if needed, and editing of content
- Creation of draft web pages
- Draft pages shared with faculty or staff member
- Revisions and/or approval
- Pages published to website
Requests for custom websites
When a new website request falls within the scope of the UW Health’s work, it will be built within the framework of the existing public site or intranet, depending on the audience. Examples of requests that are within scope include:
- Requests for websites or supporting content for any health professions program
- Supporting content for the school’s core administrative units
If the request is out of scope, we will in most cases recommend using UW-Madison’s WiscWeb WordPress Service. Examples that are out of scope include:
- Requests for individual lab websites
- Requests for new center or institute websites
- Requests to manage graduate program websites
- Any request that does not serve the strategic goals or mission, vision and values of the School of Medicine and Public Health
How to manage intranet content
The SMPH intranet is hosted by the WiscWeb WordPress Service. Administrative units can be granted access to WordPress to manage their own sections of the SMPH intranet.
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The web center will follow up to discuss scope of work, objectives and goals, if necessary.
- Prospective content managers will be required to complete DoIT’s WordPress training.
- Upon completion, the web team will provide access to WordPress.
- Faculty and staff can only manage content for the administrative unit in which they work.
- The content contributor should be someone who will regularly interact with the site.
- Content contributors will adhere to the editorial and design style guides.
- Content contributors will follow best practices for responsive design and accessibility.
- No custom fonts, colors, text effects or other nonstandard typography or design elements can be used. This includes word clouds, blinking text and custom style sheets.
- The web center has final authority over the appearance of all content and may request changes on noncompliant pages.
- Tech support and general WordPress help is provided by DoIT. UW Health can provide guidance on overall content strategy and project management.
UW Health Marketing and Communications manages the primary social media accounts for the School of Medicine and Public Health:
UW Health does not have the authority to approve or deny social media accounts for individual programs, however, we ask that groups think carefully before jumping into Facebook, Twitter or other platforms. Questions to consider include:
- Do I have a definable goal with social media?
- How will I know if I’m successful?
- Do I have enough content to justify a social media presence?
- Can my needs be met using existing social media channels?
Social media policies
Individuals or programs that use social media must take care not to violate patient privacy rules. Additional guidance can be found from existing social media policies: