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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:

 

Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016

SCIENCE - In an effort to und...
Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016

SCIENCE - In an effort to understand the epidemic dynamics and perhaps predict its future course, Pitt Public Health researchers analyzed records of nearly 600,000 overdose deaths. Dean DONALD BURKE, HPM's HAWRE JALAL, and colleagues concluded that the U.S. drug overdose epidemic has been inexorabl... (09/21/2018)

Faculty Spotlight: Lu Tang

LU TANG joined the Department...
Faculty Spotlight: Lu Tang

LU TANG joined the Department of BIOSTATISTICS as an assistant professor on August 1. He received his PhD in biostatistics from the University of Michigan. He is developing an outstanding research program in statistical machine learning and methods for modern high dimensional data. These are extrem... (08/24/2018)

Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Several...
Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Several states are likely dramatically underestimating the effect of opioid-related deaths because of incomplete death certificate reporting, with Pennsylvania leading the pack, according to a new analysis by Pitt Public Health. “Proper allocation of resources for the opioid e... (07/19/2018)

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)
Thu
9/27
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Hyun Jung (HJ) Park, University of Pittsburgh Biostatistics Seminar Series
Hyun Jung (HJ) Park, University of Pittsburgh
Thu 9/27 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Hyun Jung (HJ) Park, Department of Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, will present, “Insights into RNA Biology from Statistical Modeling for CancerTherapeutics”.
Thu
10/4
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Peter X.K. Song, University of Michigan Biostatistics Seminar Series
Peter X.K. Song, University of Michigan
Thu 10/4 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Peter X.K. Song, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan, will present, “HASS: Hybrid Algorithm for Subgroup Search via ADMM and EM Algorithms”.
Mon
10/8
PHDL Seminar Series
The role of place in mental health for urban adolescents - Dr. Jeremy Mennis, Temple University PHDL Seminar Series
The role of place in mental health for urban adolescents - Dr. Jeremy Mennis, Temple University
Mon 10/8 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

Dr. Jeremy Mennis is professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. His area of expertise is geographic information systems and science and its application to health and environment.
Thu
10/25
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Dana L. Tudorascu, University of Pittsburgh Biostatistics Seminar Series
Dana L. Tudorascu, University of Pittsburgh
Thu 10/25 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Fri
10/26
PHDL Conference
Grand Rounds Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior ConferenceGrand Rounds Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior Conference PHDL Conference
Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior Conference
Fri 10/26
University Club - Ballroom A

Presented by Pitt Public Health's Center for Social Dynamics & Community Health and Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, and the Pitt Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Biomedical Modeling Core, this conference will bring together national leaders from across the country to discuss the integration of modeling approaches into the field of behavioral and community health sciences. Through panel discussions and breakout sessions, attendees will learn about existing research, discuss associated challenges and opportunities, and chart a path forward for this emerging field. Registration is required; no cost.

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