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:

 

Ying Ding selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star awardee

Congratulations to BIOSTAT’s ...
Ying Ding selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star awardee

Congratulations to BIOSTAT’s Ying Ding who was selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star awardee! This honor was established to recognize highly productive, creative mid-career faculty members in the six Schools of the Health Sciences and is accompanied by $25,000 in research support. The inaugura... (08/03/2022)

New Public Health Leaders Named

Two departments will welcome ...
New Public Health Leaders Named

Two departments will welcome new leaders in time for the fall semester. Mary Hawk has been appointed chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Yan Ma will lead the Department of Biostatistics. “We are excited to welcome these leaders,” said Dean Maureen Lichtveld. “The... (07/27/2022)

Jian Zou awarded the Mihaela Serban Memorial Award for best poster

Congratulations to Jian Zou (...
Jian Zou awarded the Mihaela Serban Memorial Award for best poster

Congratulations to Jian Zou (BIOST '23) who was awarded the Mihaela Serban Award for best poster in the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter's 2022 poster contest for his presentation "CGMM: an algorithm for constrained model-based clustering". Jian’s work is advised by Dr. Geo... (07/19/2022)

Ellen Tan receives Student Research Award

Xiaoqing (Ellen) Tan (BIOST '...
Ellen Tan receives Student Research Award

Xiaoqing (Ellen) Tan (BIOST '22) received the Student Research Award at the 35th New England Statistics Symposium for her work "A Tree-based Model Averaging Approach for Personalized Treatment Effect Estimation from Heterogeneous Data Sources". This is the work that has recently been accepted to ... (07/19/2022)

This Pitt researcher is using data to fight the opioid epidemic

PITTWIRE - Jeanine Buchanich,...
This Pitt researcher is using data to fight the opioid epidemic

PITTWIRE - Jeanine Buchanich, a research associate professor in Biostatistics, is taking a big-picture approach to figuring out what programs will best tackle the problem.Buchanich has evaluated public health interventions as varied as community-level training for first responders on naloxone use a... (07/19/2022)