The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is an extensive public health research project at the Department of Population Health Sciences in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 

SHOW has been collecting current data about the health of adults and their community environments in Wisconsin since 2008. Children were added to the survey in 2014.

Project opportunities

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin team offers opportunities for several students to be involved in conducting primary data collection, recruiting and conducting in-home interviews, and collecting data on the social and built environment of SHOW participants. Students may have the opportunity to support field operations and data collection in the summer.

The timeframe would have students begin immediately after the spring semester and go into the field by June, completing the 400 hours for SHOW during the summer months. There is potential for a small stipend ($500-$1,000 each student).

A student’s capstone could revolve around using the stories collected while in the field to describe their experience collecting data on the health of Wisconsin residents. Students could keep journals while working. Alternatively, if students are interested in writing descriptive papers using SHOW data on a topic of interest, or wish to work on other data reporting opportunities (fact sheets, county reports) for their capstone, this could be supported as well.

This is a special opportunity to be involved in exciting work to investigate health in Wisconsin, and to be mentored by leaders in the fields of public health and survey research.

Ideal student qualifications

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin seeks MPH students interested in exploring innovative methods of health data dissemination, including websites and social media. Students should have strong writing skills, basic quantitative skills and an interest in health communication and dissemination research.