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:

 

Biostatistics departmental award recipient for Dean's Day 2019

The Department of Biostatisti...
Biostatistics departmental award recipient for Dean's Day 2019

The Department of Biostatistics awarded two prizes. First place went to Junyao Wang (PhD '20) and second place went to Jerry Zhang (PhD '22). (05/12/2019)

2019 Celebration of Student Awards

On April 27, 2019, Pitt Publi...
2019 Celebration of Student Awards

On April 27, 2019, Pitt Public Health celebrated recent graduates with awards given upon the culmination of a degree program. Delta Omega's honor society inductees were announced and outstanding thesis/essay and dissertation awards were conferred. Outstanding Student Awards were also given at both ... (04/29/2019)

Barbour: 2019 Early Career Excellence Award

Kamil Barbour (BIOST ’11, EPI...
Barbour: 2019 Early Career Excellence Award

Kamil Barbour (BIOST ’11, EPI ’10) is an epidemiologist with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for the CDC, currently serving as team lead of the State Chronic Disease Epidemiology Assignee Program. In this hand-selected role, he supervises four senior-level ... (04/22/2019)

Zhe Sun among three students to win Distinguished Paper Award at ENAR

Zhe Sun (BIOST '19) presented...
Zhe Sun among three students to win Distinguished Paper Award at ENAR

Zhe Sun (BIOST '19) presented BAMM-SC: A Bayesian Mixture Model for Clustering Droplet-Based Single Cell Transcriptomic Data from Population Studies at the spring meeting of the International Biometric Society. Congratulations!  (04/22/2019)

Tao Sun among three students to win Distinguished Paper Award at ENAR

Congratulations to Tao Sun (B...
Tao Sun among three students to win Distinguished Paper Award at ENAR

Congratulations to Tao Sun (BIOST '19), who presented work on Coupula-Based Sieve Semiparametric Transformation Model for Bivariate Interval-Censored Data.  (04/22/2019)
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7/27
Biostatistics Conference
Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2019, Denver, COJoint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2019, Denver, CO Biostatistics Conference
Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2019, Denver, CO
Sat 7/27 to Thu 8/1


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.