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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics from Shyamal D. Peddada, PhD

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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.

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:

 

Alumni profile: Bill Sollecito (MSHyg BIOST, '70)

PITT PUBLIC HEALTH MAGAZINE -...
Alumni profile: Bill Sollecito (MSHyg BIOST, '70)

PITT PUBLIC HEALTH MAGAZINE - “The phrase ‘If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,’ certainly applies to me,” says Brooklyn, N.Y., native BILL SOLLECITO. However, it was his formative years spent in Pittsburgh at Pitt Public Health that made him—both personally and professionally—who he ... (03/01/2018)

Jeanine Buchanich: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

While completing her MPH and P...
Jeanine Buchanich: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

While completing her MPH and PhD degrees, Buchanich worked full time for the Department of Biostatistics at Pitt Public Health and was appointed research assistant professor and deputy director of the Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2008. She has served as principal investi... (02/23/2018)

Arena awarded emeritus status

VINCENT ARENA was awarded eme...
Arena awarded emeritus status

VINCENT ARENA was awarded emeritus status after retiring from the Department of Biostatistics as associate professor. He was on the faculty for 31 years. His primary research focuses on the understanding of the epidemiology and etiology of juvenile onset diabetes, the evaluation of health risk effe... (02/21/2018)

Lee and Moon featured in Pitt Magazine as Change Agents

PITT MAGAZINE - Two of Pitt’s...
Lee and Moon featured in Pitt Magazine as Change Agents

PITT MAGAZINE - Two of Pitt’s featured “change agents” are Pitt Public Health grads. SEUNG WOOK LEE (BIOS '79, '82) and HYUN KYUNG MOON (EPI '86) were pioneers and trailblazers in their fields whose careers were made possible by degrees from Pitt. “Everything I’ve done is possible because of Pitt,”... (02/07/2018)

BIOS's Pyne publishes "Handbook of Statistics: Disease Modelling and Public Health"

Biostatistics faculty member ...
BIOS's Pyne publishes "Handbook of Statistics: Disease Modelling and Public Health"

Biostatistics faculty member and scientific director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, SAUMYADIPTA PYNE, and co-editors A.S. Rao and C.R. Rao have recently published a 2-volume title, "Handbook of Statistics: Disease Modelling and Public Health" which will serve as a vital resource for stat... (12/15/2017)
Thu
5/3
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Zhou Fang - Integration and Missing Data Handling in Multiple Omics Studies Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Zhou Fang - Integration and Missing Data Handling in Multiple Omics Studies
Thu 5/3 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Public Health 7139, Peterson Seminar Room

Zhou "Ark" Fang of the Department of Biostatistics defends his dissertation on " Integration and Missing Data Handling in Multiple Omics Studies".

Tue
7/17
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Joanne Beer - Dissertation Defense Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Joanne Beer - Dissertation Defense
Tue 7/17 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Public Health 7139, Peterson Seminar Room

Joanne Beer of the Department of Biostatistics defends her dissertation on "TBA".
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