Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, is a clinical research and behavioral medicine faculty in the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Berge's research aims to leverage family relationships in the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity.
We have an active research area, working to enhance partnerships with other academic departments and institutions and speed the uptake of innovations into practice.
Our research is organized into the following areas:
- Health disparities. Developing solutions to eliminate health inequities and remove barriers to care.
- Healthcare delivery. Evaluating delivery models for care, service, and education in U of M family medicine residencies and other primary care settings.
- Population health. Improving clinical and community population health (e.g., women's health, sports medicine, healthy eating across the lifespan).
Research programs and centers
We have faculty across the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses conducting research in the following programs and centers:
- Center for Rural Mental Health Studies
- Duluth Medical Research Institute
- Program in Health Disparities Research
- Program in Human Sexuality
- Tobacco Research Programs
We ranked third in the nation among the National Institutes of Health-funded family medicine departments in 2014. We also have three faculty ranked in the top 20 for family medicine principal investigators.
Family Physicians Inquiries Network
The department is a member of the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) Consortium, a grass roots effort to make evidence-based family medicine and clinical scholarship more accessible to family physicians in clinical practice.
Get details on our involvement and read the latest HelpDesk Answers at FPIN Research.
Research ethics at the University of Minnesota
We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.