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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:

 

Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has be...
Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Peddada comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) where he is the Acting Branch Chief of the Biostatistics & Computational Biology Bra... (04/19/2017)

Pitt biostatistics student Tianzhou Ma wins American Statistical Association Student of the Year Award

Biostatistics doctoral student...
Pitt biostatistics student Tianzhou Ma wins American Statistical Association Student of the Year Award

Biostatistics doctoral student TIANZHOU MA (BIOS‘18) was awarded the 2017 Student of the Year Award by the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter. (04/17/2017)

Professor Dan Weeks weighs in on federal cuts to big data training grants

CNBC.COM -- Professor of human...
Professor Dan Weeks weighs in on federal cuts to big data training grants

CNBC.COM -- Professor of human genetics and biostatistics DANIEL WEEKS reported that applications for BD2K biomedical training grants submitted by the University were denied because of concerns over future funding for the BD2K Initiative. Short for Big Data to Knowledge, BD2K refers to an NIH-funde... (04/07/2017)

Pitt biostatistics student Yi Liu wins American Statistical Association best poster award

Doctoral student YI LIU (BIOS ...
Pitt biostatistics student Yi Liu wins American Statistical Association best poster award

Doctoral student YI LIU (BIOS ’17) was awarded the Mihaela Serban Best Poster Award in the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter's 2017 poster competition for her presentation "Copula-based Score Test for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-even Data, with an Application to a Genetic S... (04/06/2017)

Jennifer Silva, Expert on challenges of coal country to lecture at Pitt Public Health

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - On...
Jennifer Silva, Expert on challenges of coal country to lecture at Pitt Public Health

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - On Tuesday, Jennifer Silva, an assistant professor of sociology at Bucknell University, will share her research tales at Pitt Public Health's “One Book, One Community” lecture. Among the questions Silva is trying to answer in her research: What happens when people feel le... (04/03/2017)
Fri
5/5
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Abraham Apfel: "A Stability Analysis of Sparse K-means" Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Abraham Apfel: "A Stability Analysis of Sparse K-means"
Fri 5/5 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Public Health 7139

Abraham Apfel of the Department of Biostatistics defends his dissertation on "A Stability Analysis of Sparse K-means"
Wed
5/31
Biostatistics Event
3rd Annual Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference3rd Annual Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference Biostatistics Event
3rd Annual Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference
Wed 5/31 to Fri 6/2
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

This conference is a unique event where statisticians who analyze and develop new tools for analyzing imaging data can come together to learn about emerging methodologies for working with imaging data and interact with researchers collecting novel imaging data. Topics include: Brain Connectivity, Imaging Genetics, Biological Imaging. Lecture series in: MRI, fMRI and Image Analysis Using R

Registration deadline has been extended to April 30, 2017. Click for more information or contact a.haydo@pitt.edu.

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