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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:
Our professional degree program prepares students with a prior professional degree or background in health to understand and apply statistical methods to health problems in their fields:
Thu
9/8
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Joan J. Anson, MS Ed, PC - Director of Career Services, Student Affairs Biostatistics Seminar Series
Joan J. Anson, MS Ed, PC - Director of Career Services, Student Affairs
Thu 9/8 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

This week's weekly Biostatistics Seminar will feature Joan J. Anson, MS Ed, PC, Director of Career Services, Student Affairs who will present valuable information related to our department's Professionalism Seminar.

Mon
9/12
PHDL Seminar Series
Grand Rounds Michelle Dunn, PhD - Data Science and Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K): A View from the NIHGrand Rounds Michelle Dunn, PhD - Data Science and Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K): A View from the NIH PHDL Seminar Series
Michelle Dunn, PhD - Data Science and Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K): A View from the NIH
Mon 9/12 12:00PM - 1:00PM
University Club

Conference Room A. Michelle Dunn, PhD, is senior advisor of data science training, diversity, and outreach in the office of the associate director for data science at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Dunn will talk about the development of this new data science program at the NIH and how it has evolved in response to data science in the broader scientific community.  Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative sponsors research and career development in biomedical big data.
Thu
9/15
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Daniel J. Schaid - Genetic analysis of multiple correlated traits (genetic pleiotropy) Biostatistics Seminar Series
Daniel J. Schaid - Genetic analysis of multiple correlated traits (genetic pleiotropy)
Thu 9/15 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

This week's weekly Biostatistics Seminar will feature Dr. Daniel J. Schaid, Professor of Biostatistics, Health Sciences Research and Medical Genetics, Mayo Clinic, speaking on Genetic analysis of multiple correlated traits (genetic pleiotropy).

Tue
9/20
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Andrew Topp: Doubly Robust Estimation in Two-stage Dynamic Treatment Regimes in the Presence of... Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Andrew Topp: Doubly Robust Estimation in Two-stage Dynamic Treatment Regimes in the Presence of...
Tue 9/20 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health A216

Andrew Topp of the Department of Biostatistics defends his dissertation on "Doubly Robust Estimation in Two-stage Dynamic Treatment Regimes in the Presence of Drop-out" 
Thu
9/22
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Donglin Zeng - Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomization Trials with Enrichment Design Biostatistics Seminar Series
Donglin Zeng - Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomization Trials with Enrichment Design
Thu 9/22 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

This week's weekly Biostatistics Seminar will feature Dr. Donglin Zeng, professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the co-director of the Carolina Survey Research Laboratory, speaking on Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomization Trials with Enrichment Design.

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