Biostatistics is an innovative field that involves the design, analysis, and interpretation of data for studies in public health and medicine. Biostatisticians are scientists who play a critical role in all aspects of a scientific investigation.  

At Pitt Biostatistics, students benefit from our internationally known reputation and top 20 ranking compared to all biostatistics programs in the US (currently ranked 13th).  Students gain an understanding of statistical methods related to public health problems as well as the strengths and limitations of various statistical computational procedures for analyzing, processing and interpreting large-scale data sets; 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 problems in biomedicine and public health. 
 

Announcing New MS Concentrations

Public health and medical research is rapidly evolving with changes in technology and access to large quantities of complex high dimensional data. To address these demands of the current job market, Pitt Biostatistics has introduced two new concentrations for the MS degree: Health Data Science (HDS) and Statistical and Computational Genomics (SCG).

Find a research program for your interests

Biostatistics has numerous ongoing collaborative research projects on which students can work directly with faculty for training and experience. Current collaborative projects and areas of methodological research are listed here.

Career Opportunities

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. Our graduates have gained employment within academic, government, and industry settings, as well as in private health and research organizations.  See our degree pages for more information.

Degrees

The Department of Biostatistics offers the following degrees:

 

Landsittel appointed chair at Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington

INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTO...
Landsittel appointed chair at Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington

INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON - Douglas Landsittel (BIOST '97) has been appointed chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Indiana. "I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such an enthusiastic and talented group of faculty," he said. "Their research has made critical cont... (03/26/2021)

BIG STAKES, BIG STATS: Making sense of COVID-19 trials

PITTWIRE — When we hear about...
BIG STAKES, BIG STATS: Making sense of COVID-19 trials

PITTWIRE — When we hear about clinical trials, we might picture doctors and patients partnering to test new therapies. What we might not think about are the many others who make those studies happen. Take Maria Mori Brooks, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, who makes sense of the numbers... (02/24/2021)

Gov. Wolf awards Pitt Public Health $2.5M to study health impacts of fracking

TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT -  Gov. Tom ...
Gov. Wolf awards Pitt Public Health $2.5M to study health impacts of fracking

TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT -  Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has awarded a $2.5 million contract to research the potential health effects of hydraulic fracturing in the state in two epidemiological studies to be conducted over the next two years. EPI's Evelyn Talbott will investigate the relationship between... (12/29/2020)

Sun: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

Shumei Sun is the W. Hans Car...
Sun: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

Shumei Sun is the W. Hans Carter Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has joint appointments in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at VCU. Her knowledge of the develop... (11/17/2020)

Kidwell: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Kelley Kidwell is an associat...
Kidwell: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Kelley Kidwell is an associate professor at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics. She earned her PhD in biostatistics at Pitt Public Health in 2012. It was in graduate school that she found her passion for clinical trial design and analysis by working on ... (11/17/2020)