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Locating health-related data and statistics can be challenging! This guide will help you locate health-related data.

Here are a couple things to keep in mind when trying to locate data on a health-related topic:

  • Think in terms of major stakeholders. Who is likely to be responsible for keeping track of data on a particular health-related topic?
  • It takes time to compile data on a topic. The past few years may have to suffice as "recent" data.

Want to learn more about concepts in statistics? Check out:

Major Sources of Health Data and Statistics

    Searchable catalog of machine readable data-sets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
    A-Z topic list of statistics and data available from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Google Public Data Explorer
    Allows you to search across publicly available data sets via the Google search interface.
  • Health, United States, 2013
    Presents national trends in health statistics. Each report includes an executive summary, highlights, a chartbook, trend tables, extensive appendixes, and an index. Produced by the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
    Features data on health care produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation as well as from other organizations. Includes data on each U.S. state.
  • WONDER: Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research
    Provides a single point of access to a wide variety of public health reports and data systems produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Need some more help?

Need some more help? 

Check out these helpful guides from the National Library of Medicine.

Data, Tools and Statistics
Extensive list of health-related data sets and statistical resources.

Finding and Using Health Statistics 
Online tutorial "describes the range of available health statistics, identifies their sources and helps you understand how to use information about their structure as you search."


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