Health

United States

 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

  • Time period: 1984-
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): state, national
  • Unit of observation: individual
  • The BRFSS conducts health-related surveys that collect data from interviewing more than 400,000 adults each year regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Access their survey data and documentation from this page.

CDC WONDER

  • Time period: 1968-2014 (varies by database)
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by database
  • Unit of observation: varies by database
  • The CDC WONDER online databases allow users to query data in four databases: AIDS, environment, mortality and population. Find health related data in topics such as chronic conditions, communicable diseases, environmental health, health practice & prevention, injury prevention, nationally notifiable conditions, and occupational health.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Time period: varies
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly state and national
  • Unit of observation: varies
  • This DataStatistics page of the CDC website is useful for locating disease, health indicators and other health related data and statistics, such as alcohol use, asthma, natality & mortality, breastfeeding, cancer, environmental health, immunizations, injuries & violence, STDs, smoking, and many more topics.

Data-Planet

  • Time period: varies by dataset
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by dataset
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Provides easy access to an extensive repository of statistics and data sources in various subjects. Find health and vital statistics of diseases, smoking, learning disability, life expectancy, overweight, and many more.

Gallup Analytics

  • Time period: U.S. Dailies: 2008-present; World Poll: 2006-present; Gallup Brain: 1935-present
  • Geographic coverage: US, 160+ other countries
  • Geographic unit(s): nation, state, MSA
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Gallup Analytics offers well-being (health), economic, and political polling data collected daily in the US since 2008, and the data can be broken down by state or MSA. Gallup also provides the World Poll, which captures economic, social, and well-being data for 160+ countries going back to 2006. Gallup Brain presents historical public opinion polling going back to 1935.

Health, United States

  • Time period: 2015 edition
  • Geographic coverage: US, some international comparisons
  • Geographic unit(s): state, national
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Health, United States is an annual report on trends in health statistics. The complete report is online in a PDF form with interactive links which enable easy navigating in and beyond the report. The charts and tables in the report are available in .PDF and .Excel.

HealthData.gov

  • Time period: mostly 2000- (varies by dataset)
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly state and national
  • Unit of observation: varies by dataset
  • HealthData.gov is a general finder for health related statistics and data. Find datasets that are organized into topics such as health, Medicare, community, quality, and inpatient.

ICPSR

  • Time period: varies by dataset
  • Geographic coverage: mostly US, some other countries and global
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly state and nation
  • Unit of observation: individual, aggregated (varies by dataset)
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is one of the world’s oldest and largest social science data repositories and contains many large-scale studies. Find health related studies and datasets in topics such as health attitudes, health behavior, health care, health insurance, health policy, health problems, health status, and many more.

National Cancer Institute: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER)

  • Time period: 1973-2013
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): county, SEER registry
  • Unit of observation: patient
  • The SEER research data include SEER incidence and population data associated by age, sex, race, year of diagnosis, and geographic areas – read the documentation for details. The data are available in the binary format required by the SEER*Stat software and in an ASCII text format that can be analyzed with many other statistical softwares. A signed agreement is required for using the data – see the accessing page for more information.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

  • Time period: varies by survey
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly state and national
  • Unit of observation: individual; statistics
  • The NCHS provides statistical information regarding health of the American People. They offer public-use microdata files from surveys and data collections such as National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), national health care surveys, National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), National Immunization Survey (NIS), and Longitudinal Studies of Aging (LSOA). Many data files are also available from the ICPSR.

National Longitudinal Surveys

  • Time period: birth year cohorts 1906-21, 1922-37, 1941-52, 1943-53, 1957-64, 1980-84
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): (restricted use geocode data) ZIP code, tract, MSA, county, state
  • Unit of observation: individual
  • The National Longitudinal Surveys is a program of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The surveys contain a wide array of topics, e.g., labor market activity, schooling, fertility, health and more. Find health information such as health status, weight, health conditions, sexual activity, child care, and more.

PolicyMap

  • Time period: mostly 2000-
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): block group, tract, city, county, state, ZIP code, congressional district
  • Unit of observation: varied
  • PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool that enables researchers to access data about communities and markets across the United States. It contains over 15,000 continuously updated datasets related to demographics, economy, health, education, quality of life and more. Find health information such as health status, vital statistics, health insurance, access to medical care, risk factors and health facilities.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)

  • Time period: 1997-present
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): varies
  • Unit of Observation: varies
  • Funded though the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), SAMHDA includes datasets on substance abuse treatment services, drug use, and mental health surveys.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

  • Time period: 1993-2015
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): district, territory, tribal government, state, national (some upon request)
  • Unit of observation: individual
  • The YRBSS monitors health-risk behaviors such as alcohol, drug and tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity, and sexual behaviors. The data files are available in ACCESS and ASCII formats, with SAS and SPSS scripts for data import.
International

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

  • Time period: 1995- (varies by database)
  • Geographic coverage: Canada
  • Unit of observation: aggregate; record
  • CIHI collects comparable, pan-Canadian data on different aspects of the health system. Some reports and statistics are accessible for the public (see the Access Data page), while many data holdings are available for request.

Data-Planet

  • Time period: varies by dataset
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by dataset
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Provides easy access to an extensive repository of statistics and data sources in various subjects. Find health and vital statistics of diseases, smoking, learning disability, life expectancy, overweight, and many more.

Demographic and Health Surveys

  • Time period: 1986-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): nation
  • Unit of observation: statistics; household, individual
  • The DHS program of the USAID collects data on population, health, HIV and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries. Find reports of the surveys and use the STATcompiler for statistics. The survey datasets can be requested for research purposes; see the available datasets here.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base

  • Time period: 1960-2014
  • Geographic coverage: international (Northern America not included)
  • Geographic unit(s): national, some sub-national
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base is a joint effort of the US Census Bureau and the USAID, which contains estimates of HIV/AIDS prevalence compiled from medical and scientific studies. The online interactive Data Base provides easy access to the data.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

  • Time period: mostly 1990- (varies by country and indicator)
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly national and global
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The UNICEF provides cross-national statistics of children health and wellbeing. Their data portal, DevInfo, enables easy access to data on human development. Find health related statistics and data of topics such as child survival, health care, HIV/AIDS, immunization, safe motherhood, and more.

UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)

  • Time period: 1995-present, in waves
  • Geographic coverage: International (108 low, middle, and high income countries)
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: individual or household
  • UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys is the “largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide.”  This provides data for the Millennium Development Goals indicators.  Topics include health, education, and child protection among many others.

World Bank Open Data: Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP)

  • Time period: 1960-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly country
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • World Bank Open Data provides free and open access to data in countries around the globe. Find health statistics and data include HIV/AIDS, cause of death, health financing, immunization, infectious diseases, health workforce and facilities, water and sanitation, and more. Follow the Data Query link or use the World DataBank to query and download data.

World Health Organization (WHO): Global Health Atlas

  • Time period: 1949-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country, regional, global
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The WHO Global Health Atlas brings together data and statistics for infectious diseases from around the world. The Data Query system allows users to browse and export search results.

World Health Organization (WHO): Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

  • Time period: varies by country and indicator
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The GHO data repository provides health-related indicators and statistics from its 194 Member States. Topics include mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals, non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, and more. Browse their data repository by theme, indicator or country – data tables can be exported.