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Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics from Shyamal D. Peddada, PhD

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Biostatistics Programs

Biostatistics is an innovative field that involves the design, analysis, and interpretation of data for studies in public health and medicine. Biostatistics experts arrive at conclusions about disease and health risks by evaluating and applying mathematical and statistical formulas to the factors that impact health.

Students at Pitt Public Health benefit from collaboration with UPMC, Pennsylvania’s largest academic medical center, and have access to extensive University computing facilities. Through rigorous courses, students gain a comprehensive understanding of statistical methods in the context of public health and medical problems; work with faculty on developing new and innovative methodologies and analytical techniques; and have the opportunity through both research and service to apply these methods to current and pressing concerns in biomedicine and public health.

Find a research program for your interests

Faculty currently have numerous ongoing research projects in place and publish actively in scholarly journals. Collaborative and applied research efforts include...
  • Designing and analyzing 80,000 patients in more than 40 Phase 3 clinical trials of the National Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
  • Serving as the biostatistical core for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, which is a National Institutes of Health-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Designing and evaluating studies that relate to occupational and environmental exposures to health outcomes with the Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Designing and analyzing clinical trials to treat psychiatric disorders
Areas of current research in statistical methodology include...
  • Survival analysis
  • Missing data analysis
  • Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis
  • Stochastic modeling
  • Statistical computing
  • Statistical genetics

Pursue a career in biostatistics

Graduates of Pitt Public Health’s internationally recognized biostatistics programs are in high demand and have a wide array of career opportunities. Emerging research areas, such as genetics, neuroimaging, and bioinformatics, have necessitated the development of new methodologies and increased the demand for trained biostatisticians. The need has grown substantially in recent years within academic, government, and industry settings, as well as in private health and research organizations.

Degrees

Biostatistics offers two academic degrees, which focus on statistical theories and methods:

 

Peddada, government scientist and researcher, is new chair for Department of Biostatistics

We welcome SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA ...
Peddada, government scientist and researcher, is new chair for Department of Biostatistics

We welcome SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. He comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), where he was the acting branch chief of the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch and a seni... (09/01/2017)

Marsh’s global study finds no increased lung cancer risk for hard metal workers

INSURANCE JOURNAL - “Our findi...
Marsh’s global study finds no increased lung cancer risk for hard metal workers

INSURANCE JOURNAL - “Our findings will affect regulatory agencies and how they set exposure standards,” said principal investigator GARY MARSH, professor of biostatistics and director/founder of the school’s Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology. “It is very good news that the worke... (08/30/2017)

Seasonal change in the gut

SCIENCE - Incoming biostatisti...
Seasonal change in the gut

SCIENCE - Incoming biostatistics chair, SHYAMAL PEDDADA, offers an invited scholarly review of research by Smits et al. into how the gut microbiome in hunter-gatherer communities responds to seasonal changes in diet, activity, and the external environment. Even as high gut microbial diversity contri... (08/28/2017)

Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing

RNA-SEQ BLOG - Important work ...
Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing

RNA-SEQ BLOG - Important work by biostatistics and human genetics professor GEORGE TSENG and biostatistics PhD student TIANZHOU MA proposes a full Bayesian hierarchical model for RNA-seq meta-analysis by modelling count data, integrating information across genes and across studies, and modelling pot... (08/10/2017)

Alumna Lo-Cignic working to identify individuals at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use

KVOA NEWS 4 - New prediction t...
Alumna Lo-Cignic working to identify individuals at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use

KVOA NEWS 4 - New prediction tools to identify patients at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use, while allowing safe administration of legitimate pain management are being developed by alumna WEI-HSUAN JENNY LO-CIGANIC (BIOST '10, EPI '05), now an assistant professor with the University of ... (06/07/2017)
Thu
9/28
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: David Choi - Carnegie Mellon University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: David Choi - Carnegie Mellon University
Thu 9/28 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, David Choi, Carnegie Mellon University, will present, "Estimation of Monotone Treatment Effects in Network Experiments".
Mon
10/2
PHDL Workshop
Grand Rounds PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic Grand Rounds PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic PHDL Workshop
PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic
Mon 10/2 8:00AM - 5:00PM
University Club - Ballroom A

"Modeling the Opioid Epidemic: Insights and Potential Solutions from Computational Science" is a one-day, national workshop sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) at the University of Pittsburgh. Experts in computational modeling, substance abuse, and addiction will discuss their research and best practices in response to the national opioid crisis. Presentations will examine the problem at different scales from the biological, to the individual human, to population-wide. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Please register by September 18, 2017.

Grand Rounds credit will be given for attendance at one or more of the workshop sessions. Check CourseWeb for details. This event is offered for 8 CPH CE credits.

Thu
10/5
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Hongtu Zhu, MD Anderson Cancer Center Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Hongtu Zhu, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Thu 10/5 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, Hongtu Zhu, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will present, “Statistical Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies in Large-Scale Medical Studies”.
Thu
10/19
Biostatistics Panel Discussion
Big Data, Machine Learning, Statistics, and Artificial Intelligence (SCIENCE 2017)Big Data, Machine Learning, Statistics, and Artificial Intelligence (SCIENCE 2017) Biostatistics Panel Discussion
Big Data, Machine Learning, Statistics, and Artificial Intelligence (SCIENCE 2017)
Thu 10/19 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

Biostatistics department chair, SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, will participate in SCIENCE 2017, on a panel discussion entitled, "Big Data, Machine Learning, Statistics, and Artificial Intelligence" - Spotlight Session 2.

Thu
10/26
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Ying Haung, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Ying Haung, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Thu 10/26 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, Ying Haung, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will present.
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