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:

 

Tseng receives Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Congratulations to BIOST's Ge...
Tseng receives Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Congratulations to BIOST's George Tseng on receiving the 2019 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring which annually recognizes up to four faculty members for outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. Vital to the University's academic mission, training the... (04/15/2019)

Peddada attends meeting for BRuSH in Norway

BIOST's Shyamal Peddada atten...
Peddada attends meeting for BRuSH in Norway

BIOST's Shyamal Peddada attended the kick-off meeting for the Oral Bacteria as determinants for ReSpiratory Health (BRuSH) in March at the Solstrand Hotel in Norway. The meeting was organized by Randi Jacobsen Bertelsen in the Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Norway.  (03/25/2019)

Pyne to give inaugural Dipankar Chakraborti Memorial Lecture

BIOST's Saumyadipta Pyne, sci...
Pyne to give inaugural Dipankar Chakraborti Memorial Lecture

BIOST's Saumyadipta Pyne, scientific director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, will deliver the first lecture in the series on geostatistical prediction models in public health at Jadavpur University in India on March 15, 2019.  (03/11/2019)

Liu's paper selected for Distinguished Student Paper Award

Peng Liu's (BIOST '16, '20) p...
Liu's paper selected for Distinguished Student Paper Award

Peng Liu's (BIOST '16, '20) paper "MethylSeqDesign: A framework for Methyl-Seq genome-wide power calculation and study design issues" has been selected for the Distinguished Student Paper Award. Congratulations!  (02/11/2019)

Marsh, Buchanich, multiple alums publish first study of workers involved in aerospace materials manufacturing

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIA...
Marsh, Buchanich, multiple alums publish first study of workers involved in aerospace materials manufacturing

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE - This is the first ever epidemiological study of workers involved in aerospace materials manufacturing. Authored by BIOST's Gary Marsh and Jeanine Buchanich and featuring work from Jessica Graves (BIOST '18, EPID '22), Yimeng (Alice) Lu (BIOST '17), and Sara... (02/11/2019)
Wed
5/29
Biostatistics Conference
LiDS 2019 - ASA Conference on Lifetime Data Science: Foundations and FrontiersLiDS 2019 - ASA Conference on Lifetime Data Science: Foundations and Frontiers Biostatistics Conference
LiDS 2019 - ASA Conference on Lifetime Data Science: Foundations and Frontiers
Wed 5/29 to Fri 5/31
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

Sponsored by the Lifetime Data Science (LiDS)  Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA) with support from Pitt's Department of BIostatistics, this conference will explore the foundations and frontiers of the field, featuring 3 workshops, 3 plenary talks, and 45+ invited sessions on a broad range of topics in lifetime data science. A poster session and reception will be held on May 29, and a banquet will be held on May 30, all at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center.