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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:

 

Chiapetta app awarded $10,000 in Goldman Prize Competition

PITTWIRE - On Saturday evening...
Chiapetta app awarded $10,000 in Goldman Prize Competition

PITTWIRE - On Saturday evening, October 18, 2017, the inaugural Goldman Prize Competition judges announced an $10,000 award for Triple Note: A Data Collection and Instruction App developed by LAUREL CHIAPPETTA, biostatistics core instructor, and Mary Margaret Kerr. The program helps field researcher... (10/18/2017)

Peddada, government scientist and researcher, is new chair for Department of Biostatistics

We welcome SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA ...
Peddada, government scientist and researcher, is new chair for Department of Biostatistics

We welcome SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. He comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), where he was the acting branch chief of the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch and a seni... (09/01/2017)

Marsh’s global study finds no increased lung cancer risk for hard metal workers

INSURANCE JOURNAL - “Our findi...
Marsh’s global study finds no increased lung cancer risk for hard metal workers

INSURANCE JOURNAL - “Our findings will affect regulatory agencies and how they set exposure standards,” said principal investigator GARY MARSH, professor of biostatistics and director/founder of the school’s Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology. “It is very good news that the worke... (08/30/2017)

Seasonal change in the gut

SCIENCE - Incoming biostatisti...
Seasonal change in the gut

SCIENCE - Incoming biostatistics chair, SHYAMAL PEDDADA, offers an invited scholarly review of research by Smits et al. into how the gut microbiome in hunter-gatherer communities responds to seasonal changes in diet, activity, and the external environment. Even as high gut microbial diversity contri... (08/28/2017)

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)
Thu
10/26
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Ying Huang, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Ying Huang, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Thu 10/26 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, Ying Huang, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will present, "Inferential Procedures for the Use of Biomarkers in Treatment Selection".

Thu
11/2
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Dong-Yun Kim, Georgetown University Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Dong-Yun Kim, Georgetown University
Thu 11/2 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, Dong-Yun Kim, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University, will present, "Continuous Monitoring of Patient Accrual in Multi-center Clinical Trials".
Thu
11/9
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Wen-Chi Wu, Merck Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Wen-Chi Wu, Merck
Thu 11/9 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, Wen-Chi Wu Merck, will present.

Thu
11/16
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Michael Wallace, University of Waterloo Biostatistics Seminar Series
Biostatistics Seminar: Michael Wallace, University of Waterloo
Thu 11/16 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, Michael Wallace, University of Waterloo, will present.
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