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Welcome from the Chair

Meet our chair, Shyamal Peddada, and get to know the Department of Biostatistics.

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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:

 

Biost joins Hugen in Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day

HUGEN staff joined BIOST for ...
Biost joins Hugen in Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day

HUGEN staff joined BIOST for their Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day, visiting Global Links to sort medical supplies for distribution in resource-poor communities. Afterwards, they switched gears at Lumberjaxes in Mount Lebanon, where they showed off their axe-throwing skills (Joe Germanoski wa... (01/14/2019)

Buchanich comments on new method to predict heroin overdose

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - Interne...
Buchanich comments on new method to predict heroin overdose

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - Internet searches have emerged as a data source to predict overdose clusters in cities or even specific neighborhoods—information that could aid local interventions that save lives. BIOST's Jeanine Buchanich says that this research “highlights the need for new, innovative appr... (12/11/2018)

Pitt Public health students competed and won at Code4PA code-a-thon competition

At this year's Code4PA event,...
Pitt Public health students competed and won at Code4PA code-a-thon competition

At this year's Code4PA event, two teams of Pitt Public Health students won prizes in the regional competition and advanced to the final round. A team of four, including HUANG LIN (BIOS '20), QING YIN (BIOS '21), AND LINGYUN LYU (BIOS '22), won best use of a case/visualization. The other team, inclu... (11/07/2018)

Faculty Spotlight: Jenna Colavincenzo Carlson

JENNA CARLSON (BIOST '17) is ...
Faculty Spotlight: Jenna Colavincenzo Carlson

JENNA CARLSON (BIOST '17) is a familiar face to the Department of Biostatistics since receiving her PhD with us a few years ago. After finishing her PhD, she worked as a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Human Genetics for a year before joining Biostats as an assistant professor in Augus... (11/02/2018)

Meet alumna Shumei Sun

SHUMEI SUN (BIOS '83) current...
Meet alumna Shumei Sun

SHUMEI SUN (BIOS '83) currently serves as the chair of the Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University. As chair, she has played a vital role in transforming the department by doubling the size of its faculty, and initiating new courses in mathematical genetics... (10/25/2018)
Tue
1/15
Biostatistics Seminar Series
High-Dimensional Mixed-Effects Models for Multi-Omics Data - Jiebiao Wang Biostatistics Seminar Series
High-Dimensional Mixed-Effects Models for Multi-Omics Data - Jiebiao Wang
Tue 1/15 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Jiebiao Wang is with the Department of Statistics and Data Science, Carnegie Mellon University.

Thu
1/17
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Chao Huang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Biostatistics Seminar Series
Chao Huang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thu 1/17 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Chao Huang, Department of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present "Surrogate Variable Analysis for Multivariate Functional Responses in Imaging Data".

Fri
1/18
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Xingyuan Li - Modeling Exposure-Time-Response Association in the Presence of Competing Risks Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Xingyuan Li - Modeling Exposure-Time-Response Association in the Presence of Competing Risks
Fri 1/18 1:00PM - 3:00PM
7139 Public Health, Peterson Seminar Room

Xingyuan Li of the Department of Biostatistics defends her dissertation on "Modeling Exposure-Time-Response Association in the Presence of Competing Risks". 

Fri
1/18
Biostatistics Event
*OPEN TO ALL* Coffee and Collaboration Hour: Ashley Naimi and Christina Mair Biostatistics Event
*OPEN TO ALL* Coffee and Collaboration Hour: Ashley Naimi and Christina Mair
Fri 1/18 2:00PM - 3:00PM
A521 Public Health

Open to all faculty and students, this informal monthly meeting features short presentations from faculty to introduce their research program and problems, followed by a Q&A. Designed to provide a platform for collaborations and to broaden the scope of science within the school. Gain a broader perspective and understanding of science and public health - with free coffee!

Thu
2/14
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Susmita Datta, University of Florida Biostatistics Seminar Series
Susmita Datta, University of Florida
Thu 2/14 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

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