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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:

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Lee and Moon featured in Pitt Magazine as Change Agents

PITT MAGAZINE - Two of Pitt’s...
Lee and Moon featured in Pitt Magazine as Change Agents

PITT MAGAZINE - Two of Pitt’s featured “change agents” are Pitt Public Health grads. SEUNG WOOK LEE (BIOS '79, '82) and HYUN KYUNG MOON (EPI '86) were pioneers and trailblazers in their fields whose careers were made possible by degrees from Pitt. “Everything I’ve done is possible because of Pitt,”... (02/07/2018)

BIOS's Pyne publishes "Handbook of Statistics: Disease Modelling and Public Health"

Biostatistics faculty member ...
BIOS's Pyne publishes "Handbook of Statistics: Disease Modelling and Public Health"

Biostatistics faculty member and scientific director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, SAUMYADIPTA PYNE, and co-editors A.S. Rao and C.R. Rao have recently published a 2-volume title, "Handbook of Statistics: Disease Modelling and Public Health" which will serve as a vital resource for stat... (12/15/2017)

Buchanich,Woolley, and Lann assist with study of opioid trends in other states

CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES ...
Buchanich,Woolley, and Lann assist with study of opioid trends in other states

CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES - The analysis of California death rates was conducted at the county level using data from the Mortality and Population Data System (MPDS) at Pitt Public Health. Data from biostatisticians JEANINE BUCHANICH, SHANNON WOOLLEY, and MICHAEL LANN include ICD codes for underl... (12/01/2017)

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)
Thu
3/1
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Inference and Variable Selection with Random Forests - Lucas Mentch Biostatistics Seminar Series
Inference and Variable Selection with Random Forests - Lucas Mentch
Thu 3/1 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics guest speaker, Lucas Mentch, University of Pittsburgh, Statistics, will present, "Inference and Variable Selection with Random Forests."
Sun
3/25
Biostatistics Conference
ENAR 2018 Spring Meeting - - Hyatt Regency AtlantaENAR 2018 Spring Meeting - - Hyatt Regency Atlanta Biostatistics Conference
ENAR 2018 Spring Meeting - - Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Sun 3/25 to Wed 3/28


The premier biostatistical convention in North America, the ENAR Spring Meeting is the annual meeting of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometrics Society (IBS). The meeting covers a wide range of topics of interest to both researchers and practitioners, such as data science, genomics clinical trials, neuroimaging, biomarkers, health policy, electronic health records and epidemiology. Faculty and students in the Department of Biostatistics regularly participate in short courses, tutorials and roundtables and give invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations.

 

Thu
4/5
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Seonjoo Lee, Columbia University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Seonjoo Lee, Columbia University
Thu 4/5 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics guest speaker, Seonjoo Lee, Columbia University, will present.
Thu
4/12
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Ciprian Crainiceanu, Johns Hopkins University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Ciprian Crainiceanu, Johns Hopkins University
Thu 4/12 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics guest speaker, Ciprian Crainiceanu, Johns Hopkins University, will present.
Thu
4/19
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Wensheng Guo, University of Pennsylvania Biostatistics Seminar Series
Wensheng Guo, University of Pennsylvania
Thu 4/19 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics guest speaker, Wensheng Guo, University of Pennsylvania, will present.
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