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
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.
The Department of Biostatistics offers the following degrees: