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.  

At Pitt Biostatistics, students benefit from our internationally known reputation and top 20 ranking compared to all biostatistics programs in the US (currently ranked 13th).  Students gain an understanding of statistical methods related to public health problems as well as the strengths and limitations of various statistical computational procedures for analyzing, processing and interpreting large-scale data sets; 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 problems in biomedicine and public health. 
 

Announcing New MS Concentrations

Public health and medical research is rapidly evolving with changes in technology and access to large quantities of complex high dimensional data. To address these demands of the current job market, Pitt Biostatistics has introduced two new concentrations for the MS degree: Health Data Science (HDS) and Statistical and Computational Genomics (SCG).

Find a research program for your interests

Biostatistics has numerous ongoing collaborative research projects on which students can work directly with faculty for training and experience. Current collaborative projects and areas of methodological research are listed here.

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. Our graduates have gained employment within academic, government, and industry settings, as well as in private health and research organizations.  See our degree pages for more information.

Degrees

The Department of Biostatistics offers the following degrees:

 

Clemons awarded Commonwealth Equity Scholarship

Arvon Clemons (BIOST '21) was...
Clemons awarded Commonwealth Equity Scholarship

Arvon Clemons (BIOST '21) was awarded the Commonwealth Equity Scholarship for academic year 2019-20 based on academic merit.  (12/17/2019)

DiSanto awarded Commonwealth Equity Scholarship

Dominic DiSanto (BIOST '20) w...
DiSanto awarded Commonwealth Equity Scholarship

Dominic DiSanto (BIOST '20) was awarded the Commonwealth Equity Scholarship for the academic year of 2019-20 based on academic merit.  (12/17/2019)

Meet Ashika Mani, accelerated MS student in statistics and biostatistics

Ashika Mani (BIOST MS '21) jo...
Meet Ashika Mani, accelerated MS student in statistics and biostatistics

Ashika Mani (BIOST MS '21) joined Pitt Public Health this year via our Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program. “It was a pretty natural choice as I was looking to jumpstart my graduate studies early,” she said. “I was almost done with my undergraduate requirements.” She felt like she had so much m... (12/11/2019)

Meet Dominic DiSanto, MS student in health data science

“I’m especially excited about...
Meet Dominic DiSanto, MS student in health data science

“I’m especially excited about my health data science concentration. It’s a very dynamic skill set and one that translates well to all different kinds of problems," said Dominic DiSanto (BIOST MS '21). "The curriculum in general looks like a very applied curriculum and the idea of having a consultin... (12/11/2019)

Marsh wins Innovator Award

BIOST's Gary Marsh received t...
Marsh wins Innovator Award

BIOST's Gary Marsh received the Innovator Award at the 14th annual Celebration of Innovation. The award is related to sales of his software package, OCMAP, Occupational Cohort Mortality Analysis Program, which was developed in the Department of Biostatistics with the assistance of faculty and staff... (12/09/2019)
Thu
1/23
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Sensitivity analysis via the proportion of unmeasured confounding -Edward Kennedy, Carnegie Mellon U Biostatistics Seminar Series
Sensitivity analysis via the proportion of unmeasured confounding -Edward Kennedy, Carnegie Mellon U
Thu 1/23 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Thu
2/13
Biostatistics Seminar Series
CGI - Industry Talk Biostatistics Seminar Series
CGI - Industry Talk
Thu 2/13 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Thu
2/27
Biostatistics Event
Biostatistics Research Day 2020 Biostatistics Event
Biostatistics Research Day 2020
Thu 2/27
1155 Public Health, Foster Conf. Rm. (former 1149)

Thu
3/5
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Lin Chen, University of Chicago Biostatistics Seminar Series
Lin Chen, University of Chicago
Thu 3/5 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Thu
3/19
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Virginia Commonwealth University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Virginia Commonwealth University
Thu 3/19 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)