Marlene J. Egger, PhD

Research Interests

  • Biostatistics
  • Mixed Methods
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Women's Health
  • Maternal and Child Health Public Health


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Professor, Population Health Sciences - Adjunct Professor
  • Divisions: Biostatistics, Public Health

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-3335
  • DFPM/Public Health Division
    375 Chipeta Way, Room: Suite A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

I am a PhD credentialed biostatistician with additional training in clinical quality improvement, health services research, and qualitative and mixed methods (QUAL/QUAN) research. Accomplishments as Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, include 40 years’ experience in curriculum development, faculty mentorship, and statistical collaboration. I direct the interdepartmental, interdisciplinary MSTAT/Biostatistics track and have served 4 terms as the overall MSTAT program director. I am a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Statistical collaboration roles have included service as biostatistician for the Cooperative Systematic Studies of Rheumatic Diseases for nearly two decades and service on the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee. I directed the DFPM Biostatistics Laboratory, the Biostatistics Core of two PPGs, and the Statistics Center of a multi-center study.

In the mid-1990’s, I developed additional expertise in health services research including coursework in health policy, health economics, medical sociology, clinical quality improvement (CQI), and qualitative and quantitative methodologies; with continuing education in mixed methods (QUAL/QUAN) research.

Grants successfully completed as PI include two HRSA grants in the early 2000s, to develop culturally competent maternal and child health (MCH) workforce enhancement resources and distance learning products such as videos and other electronic media. This included a webcourse on cultural competence in MCH. I also served as evaluator for an MCH leadership grant.

Current research roles are as director of the Biostatistics Core for a PPG on motherhood and pelvic floor health, and simultaneously, as co-principal investigator of one of its projects: a comparative focused ethnography of the cultural context of new motherhood and women’s pelvic floor health. Current interests are centered on women’s pelvic floor disorders, access and quality of healthcare, and health services innovations.

Research Statement

Topics: Women's pelvic floor disorders; health of our aging population; chronic disease; health care access and quality, health services innovations

Methodologies: biostatistics, causal methods, qualitative research methods, mixed and multiple methods (QUAL/QUAN).

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Primary Care / Health Services Research Fellowship
Doctoral Training Stanford University
Graduate Training Stanford University
Undergraduate Knox College