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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.

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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: Our professional degree program prepares students with a prior professional degree or background in health to understand and apply statistical methods to health problems in their fields:

 

Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing

RNA-SEQ BLOG - Important work ...
Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing

RNA-SEQ BLOG - Important work by biostatistics and human genetics professor GEORGE TSENG and biostatistics PhD student TIANZHOU MA proposes a full Bayesian hierarchical model for RNA-seq meta-analysis by modelling count data, integrating information across genes and across studies, and modelling pot... (08/10/2017)

Alumna Lo-Cignic working to identify individuals at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use

KVOA NEWS 4 - New prediction t...
Alumna Lo-Cignic working to identify individuals at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use

KVOA NEWS 4 - New prediction tools to identify patients at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use, while allowing safe administration of legitimate pain management are being developed by alumna WEI-HSUAN JENNY LO-CIGANIC (BIOST '10, EPI '05), now an assistant professor with the University of ... (06/07/2017)

Professors Jeong and Tseng honored as Fellows of the American Statistical Association

ASA NEWS - Biostatistics profe...
Professors Jeong and Tseng honored as Fellows of the American Statistical Association

ASA NEWS - Biostatistics professors Jong-Hyeon Jeong and George C. Tseng are to  be honored with the prestigious distinction of Fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for their professional contributions, leadership and commitment to the field of statistical science. "The statistics c... (05/16/2017)

Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has be...
Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Peddada comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) where he is the Acting Branch Chief of the Biostatistics & Computational Biology Bra... (04/19/2017)

Pitt biostatistics student Tianzhou Ma wins American Statistical Association Student of the Year Award

Biostatistics doctoral student...
Pitt biostatistics student Tianzhou Ma wins American Statistical Association Student of the Year Award

Biostatistics doctoral student TIANZHOU MA (BIOS‘18) was awarded the 2017 Student of the Year Award by the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter. (04/17/2017)
Mon
9/11
PHDL Seminar Series
Sara Del Valle- "Real-Time Social Internet Data to Guide Disease Forecasting Models" PHDL Seminar Series
Sara Del Valle- "Real-Time Social Internet Data to Guide Disease Forecasting Models"
Mon 9/11 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health A521

This talk will discuss a framework that combines clinical surveillance data with social Internet data and mathematical models to provide probabilistic forecasts of disease incidence and will demonstrate the value of Internet data and the real-time utility of epidemiological modeling approaches.
Thu
9/14
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Shuangge Steven Ma, PhD, Yale School of Public Health Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Shuangge Steven Ma, PhD, Yale School of Public Health
Thu 9/14 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, Shuangge Steven Ma, PhD, Yale School of Public Health, will present, "Integrating multidimensional omics data for cancer prognosis."

Thu
9/21
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Scott Bruce, Temple University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Scott Bruce, Temple University
Thu 9/21 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, Scott Bruce, Temple University, will present.
Thu
9/28
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: David Choi - Carnegie Mellon University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: David Choi - Carnegie Mellon University
Thu 9/28 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, David Choi, Carnegie Mellon University, will present.
Mon
10/2
PHDL Conference
PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic PHDL Conference
PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic
Mon 10/2 8:00AM - 5:00PM
University Club - Ballroom A

"Modeling the Opioid Epidemic: Insights and Potential Solutions from Computational Science" is a one-day, national workshop sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) at the University of Pittsburgh. Experts in computational modeling, substance abuse, and addiction will discuss their research and best practices in response to the national opioid crisis. Presentations will examine the problem at different scales from the biological, to the individual human, to population-wide. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Please register by September 18, 2017.
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