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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics from Shyamal D. Peddada, PhD

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Biostatistics Programs

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:

 

Why the CDC needs number crunchers on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

90.5 WESA - Who’s needed to fi...
Why the CDC needs number crunchers on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

90.5 WESA - Who’s needed to fight the battle? At the October 2, 2017, conference sponsored by the PUBLIC HEALTH DYNAMICS LABORATORY and CTSI, CDC’s Sarah Bacon said an essential group of people must crunch the numbers to better understand the hows and the whys of the crisis: mathematicians, epidemio... (11/03/2017)

Pyne honored with two memorial oration awards in India

SAUMYADIPTA PYNE, scientific d...
Pyne honored with two memorial oration awards in India

SAUMYADIPTA PYNE, scientific director for the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) has been selected to receive two oration awards, both of which will be presented to him in India in November: The 2017 Subha Mukherjee Memorial Oration from the Physiological Society of India, and the Kiruba Sanka... (10/20/2017)

Chiapetta app awarded $10,000 in Goldman Prize Competition

PITTWIRE - On Saturday evening...
Chiapetta app awarded $10,000 in Goldman Prize Competition

PITTWIRE - On Saturday evening, October 18, 2017, the inaugural Goldman Prize Competition judges announced an $10,000 award for Triple Note: A Data Collection and Instruction App developed by LAUREL CHIAPPETTA, biostatistics core instructor, and Mary Margaret Kerr. The program helps field researcher... (10/18/2017)

Pyne appointed scientific director of PHDL

Saumyadipta Pyne will join the...
Pyne appointed scientific director of PHDL

Saumyadipta Pyne will join the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) as its scientific director and will also serve as an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, both at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, beginning October 1. “I am very excited that Dr.... (09/29/2017)

Peddada, government scientist and researcher, is new chair for Department of Biostatistics

We welcome SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA ...
Peddada, government scientist and researcher, is new chair for Department of Biostatistics

We welcome SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. He comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), where he was the acting branch chief of the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch and a seni... (09/01/2017)
Wed
12/6
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Song Zhang: Diagnostic Accuracy Analysis for Ordinal Competing Risks Outcomes Using ROC Surface Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Song Zhang: Diagnostic Accuracy Analysis for Ordinal Competing Risks Outcomes Using ROC Surface
Wed 12/6 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health 7139

Song Zhang of the Department of Biostatistics defends her dissertation on "Diagnostic Accuracy Analysis for Ordinal Competing Risks Outcomes Using ROC Surface".

Fri
12/8
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Yongli Shuai: Multinomial Logistic Regression and Prediction Accuracy for Interval-Censored... Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Yongli Shuai: Multinomial Logistic Regression and Prediction Accuracy for Interval-Censored...
Fri 12/8 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Public Health 7139

Yongli Shuai of the Department of Biostatistics defends his dissertation on "Multinomial Logistic Regression and Prediction Accuracy for Interval-Censored Competing Risks Data".

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