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:

 

Jeong on how to interpret daily covid-19 case counts

TRIB LIVE - “Some people get ...
Jeong on how to interpret daily covid-19 case counts

TRIB LIVE - “Some people get reported at a later time and there’s a lag,” said Jong Jeong, biostatistics professor and interim chair. For more clarity you can look at the percentage of positive cases out of tests administered. But it’s still helpful to monitor the trajectory of the virus in the reg... (07/10/2020)

Wang receives RAC graduate student fellowship from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Xinjun (David) Wang (BIOST ’2...
Wang receives RAC graduate student fellowship from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Xinjun (David) Wang (BIOST ’22) has been awarded a graduate student fellowship from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He received a perfect review score in the application despite the strong competition this year. The fellowship will provide support for two years for him to work on his thesis... (07/09/2020)

Clark retires after 49 years, other recent retirements

After 49 years and three mont...
Clark retires after 49 years, other recent retirements

After 49 years and three months, Lynette Clark retired on March 31. As a life member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Lynette has worked extensively with the African American Alumni Council (AAAC) and other campus and community organizations. Read more about Lynette and our other recent reti... (06/19/2020)

Biostatistical Modeling and COVID-19

Biostatistical modeling, esti...
Biostatistical Modeling and COVID-19

Biostatistical modeling, estimation, and decision-making support have been playing an important role in responses to COVID-19 challenges. Lu Tang and Andriy Bandos will discuss statistical considerations involved in modeling the epidemic progression and in the use of COVID-19 related tests for esti... (06/13/2020)

Wu wins ASA biopharmaceutical scholarship

Liwen Wu (BIOST '21) has been...
Wu wins ASA biopharmaceutical scholarship

Liwen Wu (BIOST '21) has been selected as a scholarship recipient for the 2020 ASA Biopharmaceutical Section's Student Scholarship Award. She will receive an award certificate and a check in the amount of $1,000. Congratulations Liwen! (06/12/2020)
Thu
7/23
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Marie Tuft-Statistical Learning for the Spectral Analysis of Time Series Data Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Marie Tuft-Statistical Learning for the Spectral Analysis of Time Series Data
Thu 7/23 9:00AM - 11:00AM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Marie Tuft of the Department of Biostatistics defends her dissertation on "Statistical Learning for the Spectral Analysis of Time Series Data". 

Sat
8/1
Biostatistics Conference
Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2020, Philadelphia, PAJoint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2020, Philadelphia, PA Biostatistics Conference
Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2020, Philadelphia, PA
Sat 8/1 to Thu 8/6


The Joint Statistical Meetings, known simply as "JSM", is the largest gathering of statisticians held annually in North American. Faculty and student presenters from the  Department of Biostatistics regularly participate giving invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations. Our students often receive top awards and participate in the affiliated career marketplace at the event.

Thu
8/20
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Webinar: Alex Reinhart - Carnegie Mellon University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Webinar: Alex Reinhart - Carnegie Mellon University
Thu 8/20 3:30PM - 4:30PM


Thu
8/27
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Webinar: Donald Hedeker - University of Chicago Biostatistics Seminar Series
Webinar: Donald Hedeker - University of Chicago
Thu 8/27 3:30PM - 4:30PM


Thu
9/10
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Webinar: Max G'Sell - Carnegie Mellon University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Webinar: Max G'Sell - Carnegie Mellon University
Thu 9/10 3:30PM - 4:30PM