Jeanine M. Buchanich, MEd, MPH, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Biostatistics

Deputy Director, Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics

Director, Biostatistics Consulting Laboratory, Biostatistics


7132 Pitt Public Health, 130 Desoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: wrnavar@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-7978

Personal Statement

Jeanine M. Buchanich, Ph.D., M.Ed., joined the faculty of Pitt Public Health in 2008 and is a Research Associate Professor of Biostatistics.

Dr. Buchanich is a national expert in patterns in overdose deaths and ways in which to reduce the effect of this deadly epidemic. She has also examined other specific causes of death and patterns by geographic and demographic factors. She is currently leading an evaluation of Overdose Data To Action activities for local and state health departments.

Her other research interests include occupational and environmental epidemiology and she serves as the Deputy Director for the Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology (COBE).

Dr. Buchanich teaches a course in scientific communication skills and directs the statistical consulting laboratory for the department. Her professional interests outside of academia involve working with professional societies, such as the American Statistical Association, to improve the communication of statistical and scientific information to the general public and to stakeholders.


1993 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | Bachelor of Science

1996 | University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Pittsburgh, PA | Master of Education

1998 | University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA | Master of Public Health

2007 | University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA | Doctor of Philosophy


BIOS 2058, Scientific Communication Skills

BIOS 2087, Biostatistics Consulting Practicum

EPI 2230, Advanced Topics in Epidemiological Methods

HPM 2133, Law in Public Health Practice

BIOST 2099, Biostatistics Capstone


Overdoses are the top killer for ages 25-44 in 2013 in Pa:

Heroin's Deadly Impact Hits Home In Southwestern Pennsylvania:

Modeling the Growth of Opioid Overdose

Selected Publications

Jalal H, Buchanich JM, Sinclair DR, Roberts MS, Burke DS. Age and Generational Patterns of Overdose Death Risk. Nature Medicine. 2020; 26: 699-704.


*Creppage K, Yohannan J, Williams K, Buchanich JM, Songer T, Wisniewski S, Fabio A. The rapid escalation of fentanyl in illicit drug evidence in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 2010-2016. Public Health Reports. 2018; 133(2); 142-146.

Buchanich JM, *Wooley SM, Lann MF, Marsh GM, Burke DS. Improvement in US Racial Disparities in Years of Life Lost Since 1990. PLOS ONE. 2018;

Buchanich JM, *Balmert LC, Burke DS. The effect of incomplete death certificates on estimates of unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths in the united states, 1999-2015. Public Health Reports. 2018; DOI: 10.1177/0033354918774330.

Burke DS, Buchanich JM. Drug Overdose in Pennsylvania: Measuring, Tracking and Forecasting the Epidemic. Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy. 2018; 20 (2-3). DOI:

Woolf SH, Chapman DA, Buchanich JM, *Bobby KJ, Zimmerman EB, Blackburn SM. Changes in midlife death rates across racial and ethnic groups in the United States: Systematic analysis of vital statistics. British Medical Journal. 2018; DOI: 10.1136/bmj.k3096.

Jalal H, Buchanich JM, Roberts MS, *Balmert LC, Zhang K, Burke DS. Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016. Science. 2018; DOI: 10.1126/science.aau1184 .

Marsh GM, Buchanich JM, Zimmerman SD, Graves JL, Liu Y. Mortality among United States Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2019; DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22943.

Slavova S, Delcher C, Buchanich JM, Bunn TL, Goldberger BA, Costich JF. Methodological complexities in quantifying rates of fatal opioid-related overdose. Current Epidemiology Reports. 2019.

Stacy SL, Buchanich JM, Ma Z, Mair C, Robertson L, Sharma RK, Talbott EO, Yuan J-M. Maternal obesity, birth size, and risk of childhood cancer development. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2019.





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