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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:

 

Pitt Public Health study suggests there are thousands more opioid deaths than are being reported

US NEWS - Death certificates ...
Pitt Public Health study suggests there are thousands more opioid deaths than are being reported

US NEWS - Death certificates that did not specify the drugs involved in fatal overdoses may have masked more than 70K opioid-related deaths across the U.S. from 1999 to 2015. "Coroners... do not necessarily have medical training useful for completing drug information for death certificates based on... (06/27/2018)

Lin receives best poster award at SAGES 2018 conference

BIOS student, HUANG LIN (PhD ...
Lin receives best poster award at SAGES 2018 conference

BIOS student, HUANG LIN (PhD '21), won the prize for best poster presentation at SAGES 2018, the Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics conference. Huang presented his work on developing a novel methodology for analyzing microbiome data. The title of his poster was "Analysi... (06/11/2018)

Racial disparity in premature deaths has narrowed since 1990

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - The pas...
Racial disparity in premature deaths has narrowed since 1990

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - The past quarter century has brought a striking decline in earlier-than-expected deaths among blacks in the U.S. “We were surprised by these findings because they demonstrated such dramatic improvement,” said DEAN DONALD BURKE. “Our study shows that racial disparity in health ... (05/07/2018)

Biostatistics departmental award recipient for Dean's Day 2018

The Department of Biostatisti...
Biostatistics departmental award recipient for Dean's Day 2018

The Department of Biostatistics prize went to JOANNE BEER (PhD '18). She presented a poster on  Predicting Social Responsiveness Scale scores from fMRI data using structured sparse penalized regression. (05/07/2018)

Black Americans living longer, more whites fatally overdosing, says Buchanich

WESA-FM - Black Americans hav...
Black Americans living longer, more whites fatally overdosing, says Buchanich

WESA-FM - Black Americans have historically lived shorter lives than whites, but BIOS’s JEANINE BUCHANICH found that the years of life lost gap has narrowed significantly since 1990. “It seems to show us that racial disparity and health outcome is not inevitable. Now it’s time to do some further st... (05/01/2018)
Wed
7/18
Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Christopher Keener - Power and Sample Size Determination for Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Trials Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Christopher Keener - Power and Sample Size Determination for Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Trials
Wed 7/18 10:00AM - 12:00PM
7139 Public Health, Peterson Seminar Room

Christopher Keener of the Department of Biostatistics defends his dissertation on "Power and Sample Size Determination for Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Trials".

Sat
7/28
Biostatistics Conference
Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2018, Vancouver, B.C.Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2018, Vancouver, B.C. Biostatistics Conference
Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2018, Vancouver, B.C.
Sat 7/28 to Thu 8/2


The Joint Statistical Meetings, known simply as "JSM", is the largest gathering of statisticians held annually in North American. Faculty and student presenters from the  Department of Biostatistics regularly participate giving invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations. Our students often receive top awards and participate in the affiliated career marketplace at the event.
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