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Research Spotlight

Portrait of Berge Jerica

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.

Research areas

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).

We ranked third in the nation among National Institutes of Health-funded family medicine departments in 2016. (Source: Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research)


Research programs and centers

We have faculty across the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses conducting research in the following programs and centers:


Part of the Family Physicians Inquiries Network

The department is a member of the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN), a grass roots effort to make evidence-based family medicine and clinical scholarship more accessible to family physicians in clinical practice.

Learn more about our involvement


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.

Learn more about our commitment to research ethics.