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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.

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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: Our professional degree program prepares students with a prior professional degree or background in health to understand and apply statistical methods to health problems in their fields:

 

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)

Professors Jeong and Tseng honored as Fellows of the American Statistical Association

ASA NEWS - Biostatistics profe...
Professors Jeong and Tseng honored as Fellows of the American Statistical Association

ASA NEWS - Biostatistics professors Jong-Hyeon Jeong and George C. Tseng are to  be honored with the prestigious distinction of Fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for their professional contributions, leadership and commitment to the field of statistical science. "The statistics c... (05/16/2017)

Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has be...
Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Peddada comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) where he is the Acting Branch Chief of the Biostatistics & Computational Biology Bra... (04/19/2017)

Pitt biostatistics student Tianzhou Ma wins American Statistical Association Student of the Year Award

Biostatistics doctoral student...
Pitt biostatistics student Tianzhou Ma wins American Statistical Association Student of the Year Award

Biostatistics doctoral student TIANZHOU MA (BIOS‘18) was awarded the 2017 Student of the Year Award by the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter. (04/17/2017)

Professor Dan Weeks weighs in on federal cuts to big data training grants

CNBC.COM -- Professor of human...
Professor Dan Weeks weighs in on federal cuts to big data training grants

CNBC.COM -- Professor of human genetics and biostatistics DANIEL WEEKS reported that applications for BD2K biomedical training grants submitted by the University were denied because of concerns over future funding for the BD2K Initiative. Short for Big Data to Knowledge, BD2K refers to an NIH-funde... (04/07/2017)
Fri
7/28
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Yi Liu: Novel Test Procedures for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-event Data on Single and... Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Yi Liu: Novel Test Procedures for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-event Data on Single and...
Fri 7/28 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Public Health 7139

Yi Liu of the Department of Biostatistics defends her dissertation on "Novel Test Procedures for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-event Data on Single and Gene-based Markers, with an Application to a Genetic Study of AMD Progression"

Sat
7/29
Biostatistics Meeting
Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2017, Baltimore, MDJoint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2017, Baltimore, MD Biostatistics Meeting
Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2017, Baltimore, MD
Sat 7/29 to Thu 8/3


The Joint Statistical Meetings, known simply as "JSM", is the largest gathering of statisticians held annually in North American. Faculty and student presenters from the  Department of Biostatistics regularly participate giving invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations. Our students often receive top awards and participate in the affiliated career marketplace at the event.
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