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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:

 

Tseng receives Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Congratulations to BIOST's Ge...
Tseng receives Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Congratulations to BIOST's George Tseng on receiving the 2019 Provost's Award for his outstanding work in mentoring students.  (02/19/2019)

Liu's paper selected for Distinguished Student Paper Award

Peng Liu's (BIOST '16, '20) p...
Liu's paper selected for Distinguished Student Paper Award

Peng Liu's (BIOST '16, '20) paper "MethylSeqDesign: A framework for Methyl-Seq genome-wide power calculation and study design issues" has been selected for the Distinguished Student Paper Award. Congratulations!  (02/11/2019)

Marsh, Buchanich, multiple alums publish first study of workers involved in aerospace materials manufacturing

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIA...
Marsh, Buchanich, multiple alums publish first study of workers involved in aerospace materials manufacturing

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE - This is the first ever epidemiological study of workers involved in aerospace materials manufacturing. Authored by BIOST's Gary Marsh and Jeanine Buchanich and featuring work from Jessica Graves (BIOST '18, EPID '22), Yimeng (Alice) Lu (BIOST '17), and Sara... (02/11/2019)

Pitt Biostatistics to co-host conference on Lifetime Data Science

Sponsored by the American Sta...
Pitt Biostatistics to co-host conference on Lifetime Data Science

Sponsored by the American Statistical Association's Section on Lifetime Data Science (LiDS) with support from Pitt's Department of BIostatistics, this conference will explore the foundations and frontiers of the field, featuring renowned speakers from around the globe in  3 workshops, 3 plenary tal... (01/18/2019)

Biost joins Hugen in Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day

HUGEN staff joined BIOST for ...
Biost joins Hugen in Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day

HUGEN staff joined BIOST for their Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day, visiting Global Links to sort medical supplies for distribution in resource-poor communities. Afterwards, they switched gears at Lumberjaxes in Mount Lebanon, where they showed off their axe-throwing skills (Joe Germanoski wa... (01/14/2019)
Thu
2/28
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Research Day (Student Poster and Oral Presentations) Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Research Day (Student Poster and Oral Presentations)
Thu 2/28 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Annual Biostatistics deparmental event for students to showcase their research in the format of posters and oral presentations.

Mon
3/11
PHDL Seminar Series
Unraveling Transmission Patterns in Tuberculosis - Laura F. White, Boston University PHDL Seminar Series
Unraveling Transmission Patterns in Tuberculosis - Laura F. White, Boston University
Mon 3/11 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

Laura F. White, PhD, associate professor of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, will present an approach for understanding the transmission patterns and incidence of TB using routinely collected data.

Sun
3/24
Biostatistics Conference
ENAR 2019 Spring Meeting of the International Biometric Society -- Marriott PhiladephiaENAR 2019 Spring Meeting of the International Biometric Society -- Marriott Philadephia Biostatistics Conference
ENAR 2019 Spring Meeting of the International Biometric Society -- Marriott Philadephia
Sun 3/24 to Wed 3/27


The premier biostatistical convention in North America, the ENAR Spring Meeting is the annual meeting of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometrics Society (IBS). The meeting covers a wide range of topics of interest to both researchers and practitioners, such as data science, genomics clinical trials, neuroimaging, biomarkers, health policy, electronic health records and epidemiology. Faculty and students in the Department of Biostatistics regularly participate in short courses, tutorials and roundtables and give invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations.

Mon
3/25
Biostatistics Reception
Pitt Biostatistics Breakfast at ENAR in PhiladelphiaPitt Biostatistics Breakfast at ENAR in Philadelphia Biostatistics Reception
Pitt Biostatistics Breakfast at ENAR in Philadelphia
Mon 3/25 7:00AM - 8:30AM


Join faculty, students, alumni and friends of the Pitt Biostatistics for breakfast at ENAR 2019 in Philadelphia. Start the morning off right, network with colleagues, and hear from our new chair, Shyamal Peddada, the latest news and initiatives from the department.  (RSVP by 3/21 appreciated)

Thu
4/4
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Saumyadipta Pyne, University of Pittsburgh Biostatistics Seminar Series
Saumyadipta Pyne, University of Pittsburgh
Thu 4/4 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

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