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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Department of Biostatistics

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Biostatistics is an innovative field that involves the design, analysis, and interpretation of data for studies in public health and medicine. Biostatistics experts arrive play a crucial role in drawing meaningful at conclusions about disease and health risks by evaluating and applying employing mathematical and statistical formulas to address the factors that impact health.

Students at Pitt Public Health our students benefit from collaboration with the renowned University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and 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.

Contact Information

General Inquiries

PhD Program
Ying Ding, PhD
Vice Chair for Education and Director of Ph.D. Graduate Program
Associate Professor
130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
MS Program
Andriy Bandos, PhD
Director, Biostatistics MS Graduate Program
130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261


In addition to the School-level Admission Requirements , admission to all Biostatistics degree programs requires two semesters of calculus.

Applying for Admission to Pitt Public Health  

Early Admission

University of Pittsburgh undergraduates may apply for early admission to the Biostatistics MS Program. Students must have completed the number of undergraduate credits required by their school before they can become a Biostatistics MS student.

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program   

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program Admission Requirements  

Financial Aid

The department awards assistants to full-time PhD students. The department awards financial aid to applicable MS students at the time of admission.

Tuition and Billing  

Tuition & Financial Aid  

Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer

Acceptance of a maximum of 12 credits taken as a non-degree student at Pitt Public Health is at the discretion of the department and program.

Students enrolled at Pitt Public Health may take credits in another school or institution, providing that their department has approved application of those credits to the degree requirements. In all cases, any combination of advanced standing credits and credits taken from another school or institution during enrollment at Pitt Public Health may not exceed the limits established by the University or the Regulations Governing Graduate Study at the University of Pittsburgh .

Students with previous graduate experience in Biostatistics or a related field may apply to transfer credits for graduate-level coursework successfully completed with a grade of B or better.  PhD students may apply to transfer up to 24 credits and MS students 6 credits. The course credits to be transferred must be reviewed and approved by the student’s academic advisor. Students who receive transfer credits for a public health core course must complete a Core Course Exemption Form in addition to the credit transfer paperwork to exempt out of those classes. Students who receive transfer credits for BIOST 2087  must complete a Course Exemption Form in addition to the credit transfer paperwork to exempt out of the course. All transfer credit and course exemption paperwork must be completed by the end of a student’s first term of study.






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