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: Biomedical Informatics - Adjunct Professor, 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

Dr. Marlene J. Egger is a PhD credentialed biostatistician with additional training in clinical quality improvement, health services research, and qualitative and mixed methods (QUAL/QUAN) research. Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, she has 38 years’ experience in curriculum development, faculty mentorship, and statistical collaboration. She directs the interdepartmental, interdisciplinary MSTAT/Biostatistics track and has served 4 terms as the overall MSTAT program director. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Egger served as biostatistician for the Cooperative Systematic Studies of Rheumatic Diseases for nearly two decades and served on the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee. She directed the DFPM Biostatistics Laboratory. She directed the Biostatistics Core of two PPGs, and the Statistics Center of a multi-center study.

In the mid-1990’s, she 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.

In the early 2000s, she successfully completed, as PI, two HRSA grants developing 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. She also evaluated an MCH leadership grant.

Dr. Egger currently serves 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. Her 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