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.

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 problems as well as the strengths and limitations of various statistical computational procedures for analyzing, processing and interpreting large-scale data sets and ‘omics data; 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.

US News and World Report Rankings

In the most current rankings, Pitt Biostatistics is #13 of all biostatistics departments in the US and Pitt Public Health ranks #13 among all schools of public health. 

New MS Concentrations

The landscape of public health and medical research is rapidly evolving with changes in technology and access to data. Researchers are faced with the task of making sense of complex and high dimensional data to answer questions about health and disease.  To analyze, visualize, summarize and interpret such complex high dimensional data, special statistical and computational tools are needed to avoid misinterpretation or over interpretation of the data.  There is an urgent need for well-trained Masters level biostatisticians, data scientists and computational geneticists with appropriate skills to handle such high dimensional data. To address these demands of the current job market, Pitt Biostatistics has introduced two new concentrations for the MS degree: Heath Data Science (HDS) and Statistical and Computational Genomics (SCG)

Find a research program for your interests

Faculty currently have numerous ongoing research projects in place and they publish actively in scholarly journals. Collaborative and applied research efforts include:

  • Design and analysis of genomic studies in cancer, mental health, liver diseases
  • Design and analysis 80,000 patients in more than 40 Phase 3 clinical trials of the National Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
  • Design and analysis of studies from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, which is a National Institutes of Health-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Design and analysis of studies of health disparities in Veterans based on large administrative databases and electronic health record information for all Veterans in the US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Design and analysis of studies that relate to occupational and environmental exposures to health outcomes with the Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Design and analysis clinical trials to treat psychiatric disorders
  • Design and analyze data from Neuro-imaging studies
  • Analysis of large scale spatio-temporal images of the brain

Areas of current statistical methodological research:

  • Clinical Trials
  • Missing Data Analysis
  • Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) Curve Analysis
  • Statistical and Computational Genomics
  • Stochastic Modeling
  • Statistical Computing
  • Survival Analysis
  • Time series Analysis

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. The need has grown substantially in recent years within academic, government, and industry settings, as well as in private health and research organizations.

Degrees

The Department of Biostatistics offers the following degrees:

 

The role of accountability in batterers intervention programs and community response to intimate partner violence

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The role of accountability in batterers intervention programs and community response to intimate partner violence

JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE - Pallatino C, Morrison P, Miller E, Burke J, Cluss P, Fleming R, Hawker L, George D, Bicehouse T, Chang J. found that in order to have a sustainable impact on IPV perpetration, stakeholders across the Social Ecological Model will need to utilize crucial intervention peri... (10/14/2019)

Peddada presents at international data science workshop in Jilin China

BIOST Chair Shyamal Peddada p...
Peddada presents at international data science workshop in Jilin China

BIOST Chair Shyamal Peddada presented "Identification of rhythmic signals in oscilatory systems with applications to chronobiology at the July 2019 International Workshop on Data Science at Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China.  (08/24/2019)

Boyd selected for JSM Diversity Workshop and Mentoring Program

Kristina Boyd (BIOST '19) has...
Boyd selected for JSM Diversity Workshop and Mentoring Program

Kristina Boyd (BIOST '19) has been selected to participate in the JSM Diversity Workshop and mentoring program at this year's Joint Statistical Meetings taking place in Denver July 28-31. She was also granted a travel award to attend. Those selected will participate in daily sessions, career enhanc... (07/03/2019)

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)
Thu
10/24
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Proportional Win-Fractions Regression Models for Composite Outcomes - Lu Mao, U of Wisconsin-Madison Biostatistics Seminar Series
Proportional Win-Fractions Regression Models for Composite Outcomes - Lu Mao, U of Wisconsin-Madison
Thu 10/24 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Lu Mao, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Thu
10/31
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Estimation and Inference in Metabolomics - Chris McKennan, University of Pittsburgh Biostatistics Seminar Series
Estimation and Inference in Metabolomics - Chris McKennan, University of Pittsburgh
Thu 10/31 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Chris McKennan, PhD, Department of Statistics, University of Pittsburgh.

Thu
11/7
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Caroline Groth, West Virginia University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Caroline Groth, West Virginia University
Thu 11/7 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Caroline P Groth, PhD, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, West Virginia University.

Thu
11/14
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Student Internship in Statistics Panel - ASA Pittsburgh Student Chapter Biostatistics Seminar Series
Student Internship in Statistics Panel - ASA Pittsburgh Student Chapter
Thu 11/14 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

There will be a Q&A session with students from the Biostatistics and Statistics departments who have completed internships. 

Thu
11/21
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar - Speaker TBA Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar - Speaker TBA
Thu 11/21 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)