Dr Jennifer Marsh

Institute of Applied Health Research
Lecturer in Medical Statistics

Contact details

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Jen joined the department in February 2008 as Lecturer in Medical Statistics.

She read Statistics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, before moving on to a PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her thesis applied measurement error models to a case-control study of BNFL workers, to look at the effects of different ways of calculating cumulative radiation dose.

Jen did a short post-doctoral stint at the Centre for Primary Health Care Studies, before moving to a five year lectureship in the Statistics department of the University of Warwick. She then briefly returned to Wales as Principal Statistician of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research. Her research interests lie in the area of missing data techniques, and more generally in the application of statistics to medical studies.


  • BSc (Statistics), University of Wales, 1997
  • PhD (Measurement Error in Longitudinal Film Badge Data), University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2002

Other activities


Adab P, Fitzmaurice D, Jordan R, Ayres J, Jolly K, Cheng KK,Miller M, Stockley R, Riley RD, Jowett S, Cooper B, Greenfield S & Marsh JL.

COPD in primary care: from case finding to improving patient outcomes.

£2,000,000 NIHR 60 months starting 1/1/11


Module leader: Advanced Statistics 2010-11

Jen is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and sits on the committee of the West Midlands Local Group of the RSS.


Mathers, A Sitch, JL Marsh, J Parry (2011). Widening access for under-represented socio-economic groups to medical education: population-based cross-sectional analysis of UK data, 2002-2006. BMJ (in press).

RE Jordan, KH Lam, KK Cheng, MR Miller, JL Marsh, JG Ayres, D Fitzmaurice, P Adab (2010). Case finding for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a model for optimising a targeted approach. Thorax (65) 492-498.

SE Lamb, JL Marsh, JL Hutton, R Nakash, MW Cooke (2009). Mechanical supports for acute, severe ankle sprain: a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet (373) 575-581.

M. W. Cooke, J. L. Marsh, M. Clarke, R. Nakash, R.M. Jarvis, J.L. Hutton, A. Szczepura, S. Wilson, S.E. Lamb (2009). Treatment of severe ankle sprain: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial comparing clinical- and cost-effectiveness of three types of mechanical ankle support with Tubigrip. The CAST trial. ISRCTN37807450. Health Technology Assessment, vol 13 no 13.

M. Thorogood, M. D. Connor, S. M. Tollman, G. A. Lewando-Hundt, G. Fowkes, J. L. Marsh (2007). A cross-sectional study of vascular risk factors in a rural South African populations: data from the Southern African Stroke Prevention Initiative (SASPI). BMC Public Health. 2007 Nov 13;7:326.

R. Bol, J. L. Marsh and T. H.E. Heaton (2007). Multiple stable isotope (18O, 13C, 15N and 34S) analysis of human hair to identify the recent migrants in a rural community in SW England. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (21) 2951-2954.

S. E. Lamb, R. A. Nakash, E. J. Withers, M. Clark, J. L. Marsh, S. Wilson, J. L. Hutton, A. Szczepura, J. R. Dale, M. W. Cooke (2005). Clinical and cost effectiveness of mechanical support for severe ankles sprains. Design of a randomised controlled trial in the emergency department. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (6) 1.

J. Hodson and J. L. Marsh (2003). Predictors of postmenopausal osteoporosis. British Medical Journal (327) 392-393 (Letter).

J. Hodson and J. L. Marsh (2003). Quantitative ultrasound and risk factor enquiry as predictors for postmenopausal osteoporosis in primary care. British Medical Journal (326) 1250-1251.

M. W. Cooke, S. E. Lamb, J. L. Marsh and J. Dale (2003). A survey of current consultant practice of treatment of severe ankle sprains in emergency departments in the United Kingdom. Emergency Medicine Journal (20) 505-507.

J.L. Marsh, J.L. Hutton and K. Binks (2001). Removal of radiation dose response effects: an example of over-matching. British Medical Journal (325) 327-330.