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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:

 

King, Wahed, and Belle find wearable fitness devices lack functionality

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Participan...
King, Wahed, and Belle find wearable fitness devices lack functionality

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Participants without physical activity trackers showed nearly twice the weight loss benefits at the end of the 24 months. Participants who used wearable devices reported an average weight loss of 7.7 pounds, while those who partook only in health counseling reported an average lo... (03/24/2017)

Dean Burke forecasts future opioid death rates based on MoIRA system

DEAN BURKE led a session at to...
Dean Burke forecasts future opioid death rates based on MoIRA system

DEAN BURKE led a session at today's ASPPH Annual Meeting on "Forecasting and Deflecting the Opioid Epidemic Curve" with a projection of likely opioid overdose deaths based on biostatistical data gathered by JEANINE BUCHANICH and the Mortality Information and Research Analytics (MOIRA) system, a repo... (03/16/2017)

DC alumni reception brings together friends and colleagues

Dozens of Pitt Public Health g...
DC alumni reception brings together friends and colleagues

Dozens of Pitt Public Health grads from the capital area gathered at Penn Social during the 2017 ASPPH annual meeting, joining Dean Burke and host faculty for hearty conversations and refreshments. If the forecast of snow scared you away, we missed you! Access our photo albums anytime at www.publich... (03/15/2017)

Krafty introduces biostatistical methods to uncover what happens when we sleep

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATIS...
Krafty introduces biostatistical methods to uncover what happens when we sleep

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION - Associate professor ROBERT KRAFTY and coauthors including Pitt's Sleep and Chronobiology Center introduce a new method to unlock information collected by devices that monitor activity during sleep. The study uncovered new connections between heart ra... (03/09/2017)

HUGEN's Feingold studies how genes influence facial appearance

INSIDEUPMC - Senior associate ...
HUGEN's Feingold studies how genes influence facial appearance

INSIDEUPMC - Senior associate dean, geneticist, and biostatistician ELEANOR FEINGOLD contributed to this interdisciplinary research team's findings: measures of eye, nose, and facial breadth could be associated with genetic variants in certain regions of the genome. In several of these regions, gene... (03/08/2017)
Thu
3/30
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Zhiguang Huo: "Statistical Integrative Omics Methods for Disease Subtype Discovery" Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Zhiguang Huo: "Statistical Integrative Omics Methods for Disease Subtype Discovery"
Thu 3/30 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Public Health 7139


Zhiguang Huo of the Department of Biostatistics defends his dissertation on "Statistical Integrative Omics Methods for Disease Subtype Discovery"
Thu
3/30
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Martin Lindquist, Johns Hopkins - High-dimensional Multivariate Mediation... Biostatistics Seminar Series
Martin Lindquist, Johns Hopkins - High-dimensional Multivariate Mediation...
Thu 3/30 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

Biostatistics Seminar speaker, Martin A. Lindquist, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University, will present, “High-dimensional Multivariate Mediation with Application to Neuroimaging Data”.
Wed
4/5
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Lauren Balmert: "Nonparametric Inference and Regression on Quantile Lost Lifespan" Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Lauren Balmert: "Nonparametric Inference and Regression on Quantile Lost Lifespan"
Wed 4/5 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health A216

Lauren Balmert of the Department of Biostatistics defends her dissertation on "Nonparametric Inference and Regression on Quantile Lost Lifespan"
Thu
4/6
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Ali Shojaie, University of Washington - Topic TBA Biostatistics Seminar Series
Ali Shojaie, University of Washington - Topic TBA
Thu 4/6 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

Biostatistics Seminar speaker, Ali Shojaie, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics, University of Washington, will present. 
Mon
4/10
PHDL Seminar Series
Ahmed Bayoumi, MD, MSc: "Supervised Injection Facilities: From Models to Policies" PHDL Seminar Series
Ahmed Bayoumi, MD, MSc: "Supervised Injection Facilities: From Models to Policies"
Mon 4/10 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health A521

A supervised consumption site is a legally sanctioned health facility that offers a hygienic environment where people can use illicit drugs under the supervision of trained staff.  Although over 90 facilities have been implemented internationally to date, only two have been established in North America, both in Vancouver.  There is renewed interest across Canada and the US in supervised injection given the current marked rise in opioid overdoses and related deaths.  This talk will include discussion of how the intersection of evidence, research and policy moved the discussion of supervised injection in Toronto from a controversial idea to a widely supported policy recommendation with anticipated approval within the next few weeks.  This talk will focus on how modeling can inform decisions about uncertain and controversial interventions and thoughts about conducting policy-relevant research that is controversial and value-laden.
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