2017 PhD Graduate, Agricultural Safety and Health (Advisor: Dr. Rohlman)
Marshfield Clinic Research Institute
Marshfield, WI

Josie Rudolphi is a graduate of our program: she received a PhD in Agricultural Safety and Health in May 2017. Her dissertation was on the health and safety of young adult agricultural workers. It included a survey of workplace practices of young adults in agriculture, as well as the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to increase the use of hearing protection among young adult swine facility workers. Josie also conducted international research, focusing primarily on older agricultural workers. This research included an agricultural health and safety risk assessment of Hungarian subsistence farmers in Romania, and identified the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain among tea harvesters in India. Josie currently works as an Associate Research Scientist with the National Farm Medicine Center and National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety in Marshfield, WI. (These centers are run through the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.) Josie also holds a BS in Agricultural Communications and an MS in Agricultural Education, both from Iowa State University. She grew up on a corn and soybean farm in east central Iowa, and taught high school agricultural education before starting the Agricultural Safety and Health graduate program with the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa.