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Decker-Palmer, Marquita

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Decker-Palmer, Marquita

Marquita Decker-Palmer, MD, MPH, PhD

Contact Dr. Decker-Palmer

1 Pasquerilla Plaza
2nd Floor, Suite 128
Johnstown, PA 15901

(814) 535-5156


PhD, University of Wisconsin
MD, University of Texas
MPH, University of Texas
BA, University of Virginia

University Appointment

Associate Director, 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health
Research Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health

Research & Practice Interests

Translational Science
Global Health, Rural Health and Sustainable Development
Health Economics and Outcomes Research
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Community-Based Participatory Research
Decision Science
Choice Modeling
Health Workforce Planning
Cancer Screening
Cancer Prevention and Treatment


Dr. Marquita Decker-Palmer joined the Jefferson College of Population Health faculty as Research Assistant Professor and became Associate Director of the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health in Johnstown, PA in September 2017. At the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health, she applies her skills in health intervention design and implementation, econometric analysis, outcomes assessment and measurement of health preferences to engage stakeholders in rural community based participatory research.  She builds collaborations with academic and community partners interested in teaming up to apply translational science that achieves improvements in rural population health.

Dr. Decker-Palmer began her academic career in population health as a University of Virginia Global Health Scholar in Nicaragua, where she worked in health education with Foundation For Sustainable Development and Doctors Without Borders. Her undergraduate thesis was on effective methods of communication in reproductive health care. She earned a MD, MPH dual degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of Texas School of Public Health. While at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston she researched employment outcomes in liver transplant recipients. She went on to become a Surgical Outcomes Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Surgery. She subsequently was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Student grant to pursue health economics research on breast cancer screening at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Most recently, she attained a PhD in Clinical Investigation at the University of Wisconsin where she completed her dissertation, “Modeling Health Preferences and Cost-Effectiveness of Current Breast Cancer Screening Technologies to Inform Policy, Practice, and Prevention Strategies.”