Biomedical Informatics

The Biomedical Informatics Research Center (BIRC) develops cutting-edge ways to acquire, represent and process information about human health. Students interested in informatics will find a summer with BIRC to be a rewarding and exciting experience. 

Positions in BIRC are generally suited for undergraduate or graduate students with background in computer science, biomedical informatics, and/or data science.

Cultural/Medical Anthropology

Cultural anthropology is a core unit of study in the National Farm Medicine Center. Rural, agricultural communities pose a variety of health risks and benefits. The primary focus of the anthropological projects is to explore methods to sculpt rural health and injury prevention messages into culturally resonant concepts and to enlist trusted allies to assist in message development and delivery. Applicants should be particularly interested in conducting fieldwork, recruiting study subjects, conducting literature reviews, culminating in learning to apply ethnographic methods and social theory to issues facing rural, agricultural communities. Social theories of risk, labor, and medicine are particularly relevant to the cultural anthropology core unit.

Students interested in applied, cultural, and medical anthropology are welcome to apply. Students that apply to the anthropology program should be currently enrolled in a program that includes cultural and/or medical foci, have taken at least one course in ethnography, field methods, qualitative methods, or social network analysis. Preference will be given to graduate students in anthropology or students with rural psychology or social epidemiology training.

Epidemiology

The epidemiology program targets students currently enrolled in a master’s program in a health-related field. Students in the epidemiology program will work with a research scientist on an epidemiology project that may involve conducting scientific literature reviews, assisting with study design, analyzing data, and preparing a manuscript. In addition to the independent project, students will have the opportunity to be involved with other epidemiology projects including studies in the US Flu Network, Vaccine Safety Datalink, Marshfield Epidemiologic Study Area, and the Health Care Systems Research Network. In many cases, the summer research project can serve as the capstone project or thesis if required for their master's degree program. For more information on researchers and current studies, please visit the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health website.

Students that apply to the epidemiology program should be currently enrolled in a master's program in a health related field (e.g. MPH), have taken at least one course in epidemiology and one course in biostatistics, have prior experience with statistical software, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Students will use SAS statistical software for data analysis.

Genetics

Research Interns The Center for Human Genetics (CHG) conducts research on the structure and function of the human genome. CHG is home to cutting edge molecular technologies and Marshfield Clinic’s Personalized Medicine Research Project (PMRP), which is a biobank of plasma, serum, and DNA specimens from 20,000 Marshfield Clinic patients. Unique to PMRP is all patient samples are linked to Marshfield Clinic’s extensive electronic medical record system, providing CHG scientists an invaluable resource to study thousands of diseases.  For more information on researchers and current studies, please visit the CHG website.

Students that apply to the genetics program should be familiar with genetics or biochemistry and standard laboratory techniques.

Oral and Systemic Health

The mission of the Center for Oral and Systemic Health (COSH) is to lead and pave the future of integrating medical-dental care delivery, oral-systemic research, inter-professional education and practice management through the application of health informatics and information technology and applied, preventive and basic sciences to ultimately improve the patient healthcare experience, quality of patient care and lower per capita healthcare cost. Within COSH, there are 4 research cores where internships may be available.

Interns within COSH will also have opportunities to shadow dental and medical providers at health care facilities affiliated with Marshfield Clinic as well as lead an Oral and Systemic Health Journal Club discussion and Health Innovation Chat. Undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply for this program:  dentistry/pre-dental, dental education, medicine/pre-medical, computer science, information technology, biomedical informatics, public health/epidemiology, oral biology/microbiology, and similar fields.