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:

 

Wahed to serve on prestigious COPSS Award Committee

BIOST's Abdus S. Wahed has be...
Wahed to serve on prestigious COPSS Award Committee

BIOST's Abdus S. Wahed has been selected to be a member of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) award committee for academic years 2019-22 to represent the International Biometric Society Eastern North American Region (ENAR). COPSS brings the leadership of five distinguished... (02/06/2020)

BIOST students Jia and Liu win national ENAR distinguished paper award

Congratulations to Yichen Jia...
BIOST students Jia and Liu win national ENAR distinguished paper award

Congratulations to Yichen Jia (BIOST ’22, front-left) and Peng Liu (BIOST '16 '21, front-right), winners of the national ENAR Distinguished Paper Award. The two doctoral students will present their award-winning work at one of the country's largest professional gatherings of biostatisticians, the E... (02/03/2020)

Meet Ruishen Lyu, MS student in biostatistics

Just like with his interest i...
Meet Ruishen Lyu, MS student in biostatistics

Just like with his interest in preventative medicine, Ruishen Lyu (BIOST MS '20) had two main reasons for choosing Pitt from among the other universities to which he was accepted. The first was the great reputation of a large research university like the University of Pittsburgh. The second was the... (01/29/2020)

Three new junior faculty join the department

Over the last year we are luc...
Three new junior faculty join the department

Over the last year we are lucky to have recruited three outstanding junior faculty members: Lu Tang, Jenna Carlson (BIOST '17), and Jiebiao Wang. The newest addition to the department, Wang received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was previously a post-doctoral fellow at CMU. His areas o... (01/27/2020)

Alumnus launches effort to help the next generation of biostatisticians!

Harvey Co Chien (BIOST MS '87...
Alumnus launches effort to help the next generation of biostatisticians!

Harvey Co Chien (BIOST MS '87) recently established a scholarship fund to support students pursuing master's degrees in biostatistics. You too can support students and the department, providing resources, supporting educational programs, aiding travel costs, and allowing us to remain accessible and... (01/25/2020)
Thu
2/27
Biostatistics Event
Biostatistics Research Day 2020 Biostatistics Event
Biostatistics Research Day 2020
Thu 2/27
1155 Public Health, Foster Conf. Rm. (former 1149)

Biostatistics Research Day is an annual departmental event that showcases student research and promotes interdisciplinary research among graduate students and faculty in Public Health.
This year's speaker is James Dignam, PhD (BIOST '94).

Thu
3/5
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Lin Chen, University of Chicago Biostatistics Seminar Series
Lin Chen, University of Chicago
Thu 3/5 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Thu
3/19
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Virginia Commonwealth University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Virginia Commonwealth University
Thu 3/19 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Sun
3/22
Biostatistics Conference
ENAR 2020 Spring Meeting of the International Biometric Society -- JW Marriott NashvilleENAR 2020 Spring Meeting of the International Biometric Society -- JW Marriott Nashville Biostatistics Conference
ENAR 2020 Spring Meeting of the International Biometric Society -- JW Marriott Nashville
Sun 3/22 to Wed 3/25


Meetings of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society (a.k.a. "ENAR meetings") are held in late March or early April each year and reflect the broad interests of the Society, including both quantitative techniques and application areas. Faculty and student presenters from the Department of Biostatistics regularly participate giving invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations.

Mon
3/23
Biostatistics Event
Pitt Biostatistics Breakfast at ENAR Biostatistics Event
Pitt Biostatistics Breakfast at ENAR
Mon 3/23 7:00AM - 8:30AM


Pitt Day of Giving

Join students, faculty, staff and alumni representing the entire Pitt Public Health community in focusing on increasing scholarships
Support the fourth annual Pitt Day of Giving on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

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