Academics

Why Study Biostatistics?

Biostatistics is an integral part in solving public health public health and medical questions using innovative and quantitative statistical methods.

  • Statistician is the #2 ranked job in STEM for 2019 (US News and World Report)
  • ​30% average job growth from 2018 - 2028 for Statisticians! (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Biostatistics research is important to public health because it can...

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs
  • Determine the risk factors for different diseases
  • Evaluate health care interventions
  • Explain biological phenomena
  • Model emerging epidemics​

PITT BIOSTATISTICS IS INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN AND HIGHLY RANKED IN THE US AMONG ALL BIOSTATISTICS PROGRAMS (#13)

Biostatistics faculty currently have the following ongoing research projects and 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 US Veterans based on large scale administrative databases and electronic health record information
Design and analysis of studies of the effect of occupational and environmental exposures on health outcomes
Design and analysis of large spatio-temporal neuro-imaging studies

Biostatistics faculty also have the following areas of current statistical methodological research:
Missing Data Analysis
Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) Curve Analysis
Statistical and Computational Genomics
Stochastic Modeling
Statistical Computing
Survival Analysis
Time series Analysis​