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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), this agency was reauthorized and renamed through the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999. A "Data and Surveys" section contains links to:

  • Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP and HCUPNet)
  • HIVNet
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
  • HIV and AIDS Costs and Use
  • Healthcare Informatics Standards

AgeSource/AgeStats Worldwide (AARP International)

AARP International has created a pair of annotated databases, AgeSource and AgeStats, to identify and link to aging-related information online. AgeSource covers "clearinghouses, databases, libraries, directories, bibliographies and reading lists, texts and reports, national statistical resources, training materials, and Web 'metasites' focused on aging or closely allied subjects." AgeStats focuses on statistics comparing the situation of older adults between countries and regions. Users can keyword-search the annotations and also limit the search by type of resource (e.g. statistical resource) and geographic area. The AARP International site also features "country profiles", which consists of a table of quick aging-related stats such as life expectancy, statutory retirement age, and total health care expenditures per capita. . (Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics)
This site features a biennial report called Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being that covers key indicators selected to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. The report is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. Key indicators are also available in Excel spreadsheet format. Reports are available back to 2000. Its Resources page provides links to the web sites of ongoing, federally sponsored surveys relevant to the aging.

AIDS Data Animation Project (CIESIN)
Using mortality data from the National Centers for Health Statistics, the AIDS Data Animation Project has created a web site which provides still frame and animated maps of regional United States AIDS mortality trends. The maps depict weekly AIDS mortality rates from 1981-1992. Documentation is available at the site as well. The still frame images are in GIF format; the animated maps require an MPEG viewer and may be quite slow to appear. File sizes are listed for each mapping.

Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) (Alan Guttmacher Institute)
The Guttmacher Institute is a research and policy organization. It produces a wide range of resources on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.

Archive of Fertility and Health (Universidad de Costa Rica)
This site presents a compilation of surveys on fertility and health in Central America. The surveys contain information on the history of pregnancies, knowledge and use of contraceptives, marital information, maternal-infantile health, immunization, knowledge and use of the oral re-hydration, use of health services, and other related subjects. Recent surveys contain information on AIDS and child morbidity. The data files with their respective dictionaries are available for some of the surveys. For others, a form is available for ordering the data. Each data file has a data dictionary (extension .man), a file with the frequencies of each variable (extension .frq), and the data file itself in ASCII format (extension .dat). Text in English and Spanish.

Area Health Resource File (AHRF) (Quality Resource Systems, Inc.)
"The Area Health Resource File (AHRF) is a database containing over 6,000 variables for each county in the US. AHRF formerly known as Area Resource File (ARF) is used for health service research, health policy analysis, and other geographically based activities." The ARF data from 1940-1990, as well as the 1999, 2005 and 2009-2010 releases, are available at DISC for UW-Madison campus users. The ARF website provides a search engine to identify which variables are available in the most recent annual release.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (Centers for Disease Control (CDC))
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 1984 to track behavioral health risk in the United States. All 50 states were covered by 1994, and BRFSS is now billed as the world's largest telephone survey. Behavior and risk categories include not getting enough physical activity, being overweight, not using seatbelts, using tobacco and alcohol, and not getting preventive care, among others. Annual survey data in ASCII and/or dBase format is available for download at the main BRFSS web site, back to 1990. A new section of the site now offers local area health risk data as well, through the SMART project (Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends). The SMART project covers 98 MMSAs, currently only for 2002, presenting PDF "quick view" charts or HTML tables.

California Department of Health Care Services: Data & Statistics (California Department of Health Care Services)
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) finances and administers a number of individual health care service delivery programs, including the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal). The Data & Statistics page links to data resources such as Indian Health Data and Medi-Cal Drug Utilization Data; results from the California Women's Health Survey; and County Health Statistics.

California Department of Public Health: Data & Statistics (California Department of Public Health)
The California Department of Public Health is California's center for vital statistics, health interview surveys, and data on disease, injury, and health indicators. Online query systems include Ask CHIS (California Health Interview Survey), EPICenter (California Injury Data), County and Statewide Archive of Tobacco Statistics, and Vital Statistics Query System (VSQS). Downloadable data tables include statistics on birth, breastfeeding, death, communicable disease, fetal death, and HIV/AIDS. The site also carries a section on GIS maps and interactive online mapping for California public health indicators.

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)
The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is the largest state health survey conducted in the United States. The initial survey was held in 2001, and plans are in place for continuing the survey every two years. An interactive data query system called AskCHIS is available, with a free registration required.

California Tobacco Surveys (University of California, San Diego)
Formerly part of the Tobacco Use Behavior Research Collections at UC-San Diego, the California Tobacco Surveys have become part of the UC-San Diego Dataverse. The California Tobacco Surveys go back to 1990, and are freely downloadable.

Cancer Mortality Maps (National Cancer Institute)
This site from the National Cancer Institute provides interactive maps, graphs, text, tables and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of cancer death rates for the time period 1950-2004 for more than 40 cancers in the United States. Geography is by state, State Economic Area (SEA) and county. Mortality and geographic data is downloadable in both text and Excel format. Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) (National Cancer Institute Institute of Health)
The SEER Program currently collects and publishes cancer incidence and survival data from 18 population-based cancer registries and three supplemental registries covering approximately 25 percent of the US population. Cancer mortality data, provided by the National Center for Health Statistics, is available for the entire US from 1950 onwards. SEER data includes patient demographics, primary tumor site, morphology, stage at diagnosis, first course of treatment, and follow-up. The site includes the Cancer Query System (CANQUES) as well as numerous reports, tables, and graphs based on the data in the SEER database. Direct access to the public use database requires the user to sign and submit a public-use agreement, outlined on the site.

Carolina Population Center (CPC) (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

The Carolina Population Center (CPC) is "a community of scholars and professionals collaborating on interdisciplinary research and methods that advance understanding of population issues." Research projects specialize in the following themes, both internationally and in the U.S.:

  • Family, Fertility, and Children
  • Population Diversity and Inequality
  • Social and Spatial Contexts of Demographic and Health Behavior
  • Economic, Demographic, and Health Transitions
  • Population and Environment
  • Health Behavior and Infectious Disease
  • Demography and Economics of Aging

CPC projects include the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey, the China Health and Nutrition Survey, the MEASURE Evaluation Project, the Nang Rong Projects, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Heatlh, and the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey.

CDC WONDER (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control)
CDC Wonder provides a gateway to a wide variety of reports and numeric public health data. Many of the links are to menu-based extraction systems that produce downloadable summary data tables. The gateway covers the following categories: chronic diseases, communicable diseases, environmental health, health practice and prevention, injury prevention, and occupational health. The site also has an A-to-Z topic index.

Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey (CLHNS) (Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
The Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey (CLHNS) is an ongoing study of a cohort of Filipino women who gave birth between May of 1983 and 1984. The CLHNS is conducted by the Carolina Population Center at UNC, the Nutrition Center of the Philippines, and the Office of Population Studies, University of San Carlos. According to the Cebu site, "the CLHNS was originally conceptualized as a study of infant feeding patterns, particularly the overall sequencing of feeding events (i.e., of both milk and non-milk items), the various factors affecting feeding decisions at each point in time, and how different feeding patterns affect the infant, mother, and household... to analyze how infant feeding decisions by the household interact with various social, economic, and environmental factors to affect health, nutritional, demographic, and economic outcomes. During the period of project design from 1981 to 1983, the focus was expanded so that more issues related to selected health, demographic, and nutritional outcomes could be addressed." Follow-up studies were conducted in 1991, 1994, 1998, and 2002. The data and documentation are freely available online, together with a "descriptive statistics" tool that allows users to view means, frequencies, and two-way crosstabulations for the 1991 and 1994 data.

Center for Demography of Health and Aging (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
The Center for Demography of Health and Aging website offers downloads of WLS (Wisconsin Longitudinal Study) and NSFH (National Survey of Families and Households) data. Users can also browse an annotated list of resources regarding research in aging. The site also emphasizes its methods of secure data archiving.

Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) (Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC))
The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is a non-partisan policy research organization in Washington, DC. The group chronicles trends in the U.S. health care system, primarily through the Community Tracking Survey (CTS), a national survey that focuses on the community level. The study consists of biennial visits to 12 communities and periodic national surveys of those involved in or affected by changes in the health system -- households, physicians and employers -- back to 1996/97. Data files are available at ICPSR, but the HSC Data Online section of the HSC website allows users to create custom tables with data from the physician and household surveys. Tables can then be downloaded from HTML tables into Excel.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Research, Statistics, Data & Systems (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS))
The "Statistics, Trends and Reports" section of this page provides access to public use data files regarding Medicare and Medicaid, as well as tables, reports and chartbooks.

Child Trends Databank (
The Child Trends Data Bank is a large site dedicated to providing information on a variety of issues affecting children in the U.S. The site is broken down into categories, including health, mental health, health-related behaviors, violence, drug and tobacco usage, and health care. There are various sub-categories available under the main categories. The site provides mainly statistics and tabulated data, but does offer links to raw data concerning most categories. There is also a keyword search.

China Health and Nutrition Survey (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Center)
According to the web site, "The China Health and Nutrition Survey was designed to examine the effects of the health, nutrition, and family planning policies and programs implemented by national and local governments and to see how the social and economic transformation of Chinese society is affecting the health and nutritional status of its population." Data is available for five survey years: 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997 and 2000. Data files for household-level and individual-level data are available for direct download from the web. Community-level data is also collected, but potential users must abide by data confidentiality terms and submit an agreement to that effect before a CD-ROM containing the data will be sent via the postal service.

Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) (U.S. Department of Energy)
The Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) is a "public-use repository of data from occupational and environmental health studies of workers at DOE facilities and nearby community residents. DOE is the federal agency responsible for the development, testing, and production of nuclear weapons. Because this work involves exposures to ionizing radiation and other potentially hazardous materials, DOE established an epidemiologic program in the 1960's to monitor the health of its workforce. Later, an environmental dose reconstruction program was initiated to study the potential health risks due to releases that traveled off-site to communities near DOE facilities." The site includes multiple datasets related to radiation and health. Abstracts are available in html format. Users must be authorized to view data from the site. Authorization information is available on the site under the menu item "Welcome to CEDR" under the sub-link "How to become an authorized CEDR user."

County Health Rankings (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin)
The County Health Rankings site uses data from a variety of sources to create country rankings based on four types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment factors. "This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county's health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based." County reports are provided in HTML tables; state data can be downloaded in Excel.

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Oregon Health & Science University)

The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health focuses on two surveys: the National Survey of Children's Health (2007, 2003) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (2005/06, 2001). The query system enables users to drill down to specific indicators in each survey, presenting a table and graph that can then be modified to compare states or subgroups. State profiles are another way to approach the indicators; each profile displays a table of pre-selected indicators which can then be clicked to view results pages like the ones from the query system. Within the National Survey of Children's Health, users can also create custom profiles with access to a larger set of indicators.

Users can save queries (free registration required) or e-mail them, though no option for exporting the actual tables is readily apparent. The datasets themselves cannot be downloaded directly from the site either, though instructions for acquiring the data are provided and many users - including academic researchers - can get the data for free. The site does include downloadable SAS and SPSS codebooks.

DATA2010: The Healthy People 2010 Database (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
This interactive database was created in support of the CDC's Healthy People 2010 program, which comprises a list of 467 health objectives for the U.S. population by the year 2010. Each objective contains a measure with a baseline and a specific target. The DATA2010 database incorporates data that corresponds to the objectives, from various sources including several federal government departments. Data can be sorted by focus areas, objectives, or demographic categories.

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) (U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID))

The MEASURE DHS program facilitiates the Demographic and Health Survey, the Service Provision Assessment (SPA) Survey, and the HIV/AIDS Indicator Survey (AIS). The resulting datasets, which focus on Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, are available for direct downloading. Datasets include information on family planning, maternal and child health, child survival, AIDS, educational attainment, and household composition and characteristics. Online data tools include:

  • the STATcompiler tool for quick facts and country comparisons, allowing users to build customized tables from DHS surveys and indicators.
  • the HIV/AIDS Survey Indicators Database, for creating HIV/AIDS data tables from a variety of sources.
  • the STATmapper tool for creating maps from DHS data in more than 75 countries.

Documentation and SPSS/PC and SAS data dictionaries are also available. Users must register and receive a password to download datasets. (Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University)
The project provides metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups. It describes, profiles and ranks U.S. metro areas in terms of quality of life. These indicators are compiled using data from multiple data sources. They cover a range of social measures such as population, education, health, housing opportunities, economic opportunities, residential integration, neighborhood characteristics, crime and physical environment. Data can be downloaded as Excel format. (Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University) is designed as an information system to monitor the state of wellbeing, diversity, opportunity and equity for U.S. children. Visitors can view and assess important differences across seven geographic levels (depending on data availability): the neighborhood, county, city, school district, metropolitan area, state and national levels. All of their data and analyses are presented by race/ethnicity, and when possible, also by socioeconomic status and immigrant status. It monitors child outcomes as well as key factors (including opportunities, conditions, and resources) that drive child outcomes.

Epidemiology-France Metadata Portal (French Public Health Institute and AVIESAN, the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health)
Epidemiology-France Metadata Portal is designed and run by the French Public Health Institute (ITMO SP) within AVIESAN. It is a catalogue of more than 900 health databases in France. It provides information about epidemiology research, data sharing and common usable databases for research and public health assessment. The portal has a powerful search tool that allows visitors to explore the hundreds of databases by descriptors and database types and medical fields.

Feeding America: Hunger Studies (Feeding America)
Feeding America is the largest charitable hunger relief organization in the United States, providing direct assistance as well as hunger-related research and policy efforts. The Hunger Studies page provides access to the following reports containing statistics on hunger in the United States: Hunger Study; Child Food Insecurity; and Emergency Food Assistance. The site also contains an online mapping/visualization project called "Map the Meal Gap" that highlights food insecurity rates by state and county within the United States.

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (Gallup and Healthways)

The polling firm Gallup and health-management firm Healthways have teamed up to produce the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Conceived as a 25-year initiative, the project is interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults daily, 350 days a year, asking questions designed to reflect how Americans evaluate their health, their work, and their lives in general. The index aims to be "the official measure for health and well-being" for the United States.

Component indices include life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, work environment, and basic access. The site carries national graphs of the indices since January 2008, monthly reports, and daily snapshot findings. The site also links to a companion resource hosted by America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) that creates annual reports based on Well-Being index data for each of the Congressional Districts in the U.S.

GenderStats (World Bank)
GenderStats is an interactive database of gender statistics, developed by the World Bank's Gender and Development. GenderStats offers country data sheets showing summary gender indicators, basic demographic data, population dynamics, labor force structure, and education and health statistics. Data sources for GenderStats include national statistics, United Nations databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys. Results may be saved in Excel format.

Generations and Gender Contextual Database (GGP) (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)
The Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) is a research infrastructure for Social Science. It provides micro- and macro-level data at the national and regional level to improve the knowledge base for social science and policymaking in Europe and developed countries elsewhere. GPP has these key features: cross-national comparability, a longitudinal design, a large sample size, a broad age range, a combination of micro and macro data and a theory-driven and multidisciplinary questionnaire. The GGP surveys and contextual database provide a wide variety of data for policy relevant research by demographers, economists, sociologists, social policy researchers, social psychologists and epidemiologists. Researchers need to register first before they access GGP data.

German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) (Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW))
The GSOEP is a longitudinal study of private households across Germany, ongoing since 1984. Some of the many topics include household composition, occupational biographies, employment, earnings, health and satisfaction indicators. The GSOEP web site carries information about the study, including the questionnaires and a web interface to the data (SOEPinfo) that allows for frequency queries and item correspondence. Also available is contact information for obtaining the data directly from GSOEP. [NOTE: DISC has 1984-2002 available on CD-ROM in the library, Study #CA-511-001; more current data releases are available for purchase from GSOEP.]

Global Database on Body Mass Index (World Health Organization (WHO))
The World Health Organization established the Global Database on Body Mass Index in response to the WHO Expert Consultation on Obesity in 1997. The database collates available nationally representative and sub-national adult overweight and obesity data, reporting the data according to standardized BMI cut-off levels. While data is not available for all countries (see the "Maps" tab for a visual overview), some countries such as the United States have multiple surveys going back a number of decades. The "Detailed Data" tab allows for data download in response to specific queries.

Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition (World Health Organization (WHO))
Quoting from the database web site: "The Global Database is a standardized compilation of child growth and malnutrition data from nutritional surveys conducted around the world since 1960... The Global Database includes population-based surveys that fulfil a set of criteria. Data are checked for validity and consistency and raw data sets are analysed following a standard procedure to obtain comparable results. Prevalences below and above defined cut-off points for weight-for-age, height-for-age, weight-for-height and body mass index (BMI)-for-age, in preschool children are presented using z-scores based on the WHO Child Growth Standards." Reference tables are presented by country, as PDF documents; no query system is included. (Kaiser Family Foundation)
The GlobalHealthFacts site joins the StateHealthFacts site in the web-presence of the Kaiser Family Foundation. GlobalHealthFacts contains a single year's worth of data by country covering HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, avian flu, SARS, and yellow fever, along with several variables on programs, funding, and demography. Tables, by country or topic, may be downloaded in tab-delimited format.

Google Flu Trends and Dengue Trends (, the altruistic arm of Google, Inc., offers a novel take on tracking influenza outbreaks in the United States and the world, based on aggregated data from certain flu-related Google search terms. It also has Dengue fever data. Please note no longer publishes current estimates of Flu and Dengue fever based on search patterns. The historic estimates produced by Google Flu Trends and Google Dengue Trends are available from this site.

Google Public Data Explorer (Google Labs)
Google Public Data Explorer is an online data visualization tool that allows users to explore publicly-available data within the site's collections, and design their own graphs and tables for display. Displays can be animated to show changes over time, and users can link or embed the visualizations in their own web pages. The initial collection includes selected data from the World Bank, OECD, Eurostat and several statistical agencies in the United States. While the collection is growing, it is not comprehensive. The data itself cannot be downloaded directly from Google, but links are provided to the source websites.

HCUPnet (U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research)
HCUPnet is part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, developed and maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The HCUPnet interface provides access to national (U.S.) statistics about hospital stays, using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), and the State Inpatient Databases (SID) for states that participate. Users can generate custom tables by selecting specific conditions of interest, outcomes or measures such as length of stay or in-hospital death, and types of patients or hospitals to compare. The resulting tables can be displayed in printable versions or saved in Excel (xls) format.

Health and Health Behaviour (UK Data Service)
The majority of data sets at this site are primary and can be used for secondary analysis. Users need to register before they can access any study. There are online tools for data analysis.

Health and Medical Care Archive (HCMA) (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
The Health and Medical Care Archive (HCMA) at ICPSR preserves and disseminates data from projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, including the Community Tracking Survey. The HCMA consists of over 100 studies as of May 2010, all archived with ICPSR. Almost all of the data is available only to ICPSR member institutions, though documentation is freely browsable.

Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) (University of Michigan)
The web site for both Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan datasets. Both HRS and AHEAD are nationally representative longitudinal data collections begun in the early 1990s that examine retirement and the aging of society. Free registration is required to gain access to the data.

Health Data for All Ages (HDAA) (U.S. National Center for Health Statistics)
According to the HDAA site, "this site presents tables that provide CDC health statistics for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. You can customize tables with any or all of the following characteristics: age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic location." Using the Beyond 20/20 system, users can browse and manipulate tables online, or download the tables and software for additional features. Table topics include: Pregnancy and Birth; Health Conditions/Risk Factors; Health Status and Disability; Health Care Access and Use; and Mortality.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Database (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Database was developed to compile information on the AIDS pandemic and on HIV infection in population groups in developing countries, from studies appearing in medical and scientific literature, presented at international conferences, and appearing in the press. The database is available as both an interactive online version and on CD-ROM.

HNPStats (World Bank)
HNPStats, short for Health, Nutrition, and Population Statistics, is a component of the Knowledge Management System of the World Bank's Human Development Network. HNPStats offers a query system for an international database of time series covering indicators for health status, health determinants, and health finance. Results may be downloaded in Excel. The site also carries country summaries in Excel and PDF.

Housing and Household Economic Statistics (HHES) (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
This page leads to statistics on several broad topics covered by the Census Bureau: housing, disability, health insurance, income, industry, labor force, occupation, poverty, program participation dynamics, small area income and poverty, wealth, and welfare reform.

Human Fertility Database (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Vienna Institute of Demography)
The Human Fertility Database covers 21 countries and includes detailed data on births, unconditional and conditional fertility rates, cohort and period fertility tables, total fertility rates, mean ages at childbearing, and parity progression ratios. Historical coverage for each country varies, and the project continues to add updates, with plans to add more countries in the future. The main page notes that at this point, the site contents are still considered preliminary and intended primarily for testing and evaluation. Access to the data requires free registration and acceptance of HFD's user agreement.

Human Mortality Database (Department of Demography at the University of California-Berkeley and The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)
The Human Mortality Database is the sister of the Human Life Table Database. The Human Mortality Database is also an outgrowth of the Department of Demography at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. The Database measures mortality data by country, specifically industrialized countries such as the United States and much of Western Europe. Users can download data by country (free registration required).

ICD-10 Code Lookup Tool (Medical Billing and Coding Certification)
The ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases - 10th Revision) is a medical classification list for the coding of diseases as maintained by the World Health Organization. The Medical Billing and Coding Certification site offers two options for looking up ICD-10 codes: a keyword search tool and a hierarchy browse. Both the searching and browsing tools offer a pop-up of US mortality data from the World Health Organization for each code. Note: The mortality-data pop-up works best with Firefox, Chrome, and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Indiana Prevention Resource Center (Indiana University)
This site provides statistics from the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) about use and consequences of use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The data highlights of the site are under the Local Data menu item. Annual survey results since 1996 from the Indiana Survey, formerly called Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use (ATOD) by Indiana Children and Adolescents are available in PDF. Another highlight is PREV-STAT(TM), a prevention-planning GIS tool that the IPRC uses on behalf of Indiana communities. PREV-STAT statistics by county are available for a number of indicators including adult gambling behaviors, alcohol outlets, and tobacco spending. The site also links to a query system called the Indiana Social Indicator System, allowing data queries on several datasets that have indicators related to alcohol and drugs.

Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (work-related) (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Occupational safety and health statistics. As with other Bureau of Labor Statistics sites, users can download entire data files or interactively create custom tables.

Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS) (Minnesota Population Center (MPC) and State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota)

The Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS) is a selected harmonized set of data and documentation based on the public use files of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from 1963 to the present. NHIS is an annual cross-sectional household interview survey of approximately 100,000 people in 40,000 households, designed to monitor the health of the United States population through the collection and analysis of data on a broad range of health topics. Along with socioeconomic and demographic variables, IHIS includes data on a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, health behaviors (including alcohol and tobacco use), health care use and access, and activity limitations for the non-institutionalized U.S. population (children and adults).

The IHIS project recodes the data to increase consistency over time and to aid in comparisons across time. The site features a data extraction system (free registration required) which allows users to select record type, years and variables to create custom subsets, that can then be downloaded to use for analysis. Since variable names are changed in the harmonizing process, the original public-use NHIS files contain different variable names than the IHIS variables. Extensive online documentation on NHIS variables and comparability issues is available at the site.

International Shark Attack File (ISAF) (Florida Museum of Natural History and American Elasmobranch Society)
The International Shark Attack File site is the online face for an ongoing compilation of over 5000 shark attack investigations, from the mid-1500s to the present. Visitors will find maps, graphs, and HTML tables of shark attack numbers, along with articles putting shark attacks into perspective. The site also provides ordering information for publications and a database compiled of early case-histories from the ISAF.

JamStats (Planning Institute of Jamaica)
JamStats is a database project with the tagline and goal of "Tracking Jamaica's Progress," specifically toward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The database, which uses DevInfo software, can either be accessed online or downloaded from the JamStats site (over 10Mb in a zipped archive; the database and DevInfo software must be downloaded separately). As of July 2009, the online application allows users to select from three databases: EduStats 2008, JamStats 2008-9, and Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) 2005 for Jamaica. Indicator groupings, aka Sectors, in the JamStats database include demography, economy, education, environment, gender equity, health, information & communication, and national security. Data appears most complete for the past decade, but occasional indicators have values as far back as 1960.

Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement (JSTAR) (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and Hitotsubashi University and the University of Tokyo)
The Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement (JSTAR), a panel survey of elderly people aged 50 or older in Japan, was launched in 2007 and data from the first wave of the study was released in 2010. JSTAR focuses on the economic, social, and health conditions of elderly people. The study is designed to be comparable to the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) in the United States, Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA). The questionnaire, codebook, and a report on the first results can be downloaded from the site. The site also describes conditions, confidentiality levels, and application instructions for qualified researchers and agencies to receive the data free of charge. The JSTAR datasets are available in Stata and CSV formats.

Kaiser Family Foundation (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization that focuses on health care policy and education. Their site includes sections on Entertainment and Media, HIV/AIDS, Medicaid and Medicare, Reproductive and Sexual Health, and Women's Health Policy. Research reports incorporating charts and tables are also available.

Kaiser Family Foundation Question Finder (Kaiser Family Foundation and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research)
The Kaiser Family Foundation Question Finder allows users to search for individual survey questions asked on all Kaiser Family Foundation polls since 1992. Search by keyword and/or date to find full question wording and results.

Kenya Open Data (Kenya ICT Board and World Bank)
The Kenya Open Data initiative went online in July 2011, the first national open data portal in sub-Saharan Africa. Operated by the Kenyan government in partnership with the World Bank, the site carries data at both the national and sub-national level. makes core government developmental, demographic, statistical and expenditure data available in a useful digital format for researchers, policymakers, ICT developers and the general public. As of May 2015, there were close to 500 datasets that had been uploaded to the site. Data can be freely downloaded, as well as displayed online in customizable maps, charts and tables.

Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) (Vrije Universiteit (Netherlands))
The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) was founded in 1991 to examine predictors and consequences of aging. LASA focuses on physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning in late life, the connections between these aspects, and the changes that occur in the course of time. One cohort began in 1992, with a second cohort in 2002; observation cycles take place every three years. The sample comes from three regions of the Netherlands, with initial participant ages ranging from 55 to 85. The site provides an extensive bibliography, information on research themes and variables, and links to related sites. A detailed research proposal is required to gain access to LASA data; more information is available on the site.

Madison Neighborhood Indicators Project (City of Madison, Wisconsin)
The Madison Neighborhood Indicators Project program, funded by the City of Madison (Wisconsin) and hosted by UW-Madison's Applied Population Lab, offers a single year of selected data indicators plus mapping capability, covering the city of Madison as a whole and 70 neighborhoods, also organized as 57 planning districts. Indicators for each neighborhood include a basic area & population profile, public safety indicators, health & well-being indicators, community action & involvement indicators, economic vitality indicators, and housing quality & availability indicators. Mapping and neighborhood-comparison tools are available on the site. Note that some indicators, particularly relating to health and family well-being, are suppressed at the neighborhood level due to privacy concerns. The project launched as a pilot in 2008 with 5 neighborhoods, and went city-wide in October 2009.

Managed Care Digest Data Portal (sanofi-aventis)
This site offers a "Data Portal" that allows users to create and download tables (in Powerpoint, Word & Excel) for topics of acute coronary syndromes, deep vein thrombosis, diabetes, hypertension, peripheral artery disease, stroke, HMOs and retail pharmacy. Annual figures are available for one or more years at either the national or regional level.

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) (American Healthcare Research and Quality)
"The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, or MEPS as it is commonly called, is the third (and most recent) in a series of national probability surveys conducted by AHRQ (American Healthcare Research and Quality) on the financing and utilization of medical care in the United States." A number of public use files are available for download, and some data is also available in tabular format. Online statistical tools are available for analyzing household data and employer-based insurance data.

Mexican Health and Aging Study (University of Pennsylvania)
The Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) is a prospective panel study of health and aging in Mexico. The baseline survey was conducted in the Summer of 2001, with a follow-up in Spring-Summer of 2003. Data and documentation from both years are available for download; free registration is required to access the public use data files. In English and Spanish.

MIDMAC - Midlife Research (MacArthur Foundation)
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development (MIDMAC) was established in 1989 to explore different aspects of the middle age life-span from a variety of different perspectives, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and health care. The site contains information about the research studies; actual data is archived with ICPSR (search on MIDMAC or MIDUS).

Millennium Development Goals (The World Bank)
The World Bank has adopted the 8 goals set out by the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals initiative, and offers data on the progress toward those goals as part of its Data Bank.

Monitoring the Future Study (University of Michigan Survey Research Center)
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. This site includes access to publications, data tables and other information originating from these important surveys. The datasets themselves may be downloaded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMDHA). Monitoring the Future is one of several studies available from the University of Michigan Survey Research Center.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) (United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF))
Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is a household survey program designed to help over 100 developing countries to monitor the situation of women and children in their countries. MICS was a major source of data on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) indicators. Users need to register on this site before they can access MICS datasets.

National Archive for Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) (National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR))
The National Archive for Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) acquires and preserves data relevant to aging and gerontology research, partnering with ICPSR to archive and distribute the data. The NACDA web site at ICPSR provides searchable access to publicly-available NACDA data (free registration required) and also to aging-related data from the main ICPSR catalog, in which cases the download is restricted to ICPSR member institutions. Some NACDA data is also available for online analysis through the SDA system, thus searchable at the variable level.

National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) (National Association of Health Data Organizations)
According to its mission statement, "The National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) is a national, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to improving health care through the collection, analysis, dissemination, public availability, and use of health data."

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the primary source of vital and health statistics for the United States. NCHS data systems include data on vital events as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care. Some of the NCHS data systems and surveys are ongoing annual systems while others are conducted periodically. NCHS has two major types of data systems: systems based on populations, containing data collected through personal interviews or examinations; and systems based on records, containing data collected from vital and medical records. Data include: National Health Interview Survey, National Immunization Survey, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Survey of Family Growth, National Health Care Survey , National Employer Health Insurance Survey, National Vital Statistics System, and Mortality Data. Research activities include: Aging, AIDS, Classification of Diseases, Data on America's Children, Evaluation of Certificates, Healthy People 2000, International Activities, Minority Health, National Death Index, Nutrition Monitoring, and Public Health Conference on Records and Statistics.

Data Warehouse
FASTATS - an alphabetized subject list with links to NCHS reports and tables, as well as other statistical sources
Health Statistics via FTP

National Children's Study (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
"The National Children's Study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21." The idea of "environmental" influences is broadly defined and includes biological and chemical factors, physical surroundings, social factors, behavioral influences and outcomes, genetics, cultural and family influences and differences, and geographic location. The pilot for the study began in 2009, with the full study to begin at pilot centers in 2010 and Wave 1 of the full study to begin in 2011. The first preliminary pilot results will be available in 2011, with the full data set for pregnancy outcomes to be available in 2017. The study is a collaboration between several institutes and centers within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

National Data Analysis System (NDAS) (Child Welfare League of America)
The National Data Analysis System provides data and information about child welfare in order to provide an information-based grounding for children's programs and policies in the US. Data available from the site include child abuse and neglect, adoption and foster care, child health, juvenile justice, and child welfare administration. Users can create their own tables and graphs for a single state or groups of states. Tables may be downloaded as ASCII files to be read in Excel. Many topics only cover the latest year's data, generally two years behind due to reporting cycles. However, some topics have data over time going back a decade or more. The site also provides fact sheets and data trends reports for the fifty states plus the District of Columbia.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) (Cornell University)
The NDACAN web site provides descriptions and ordering information for several dozen datasets relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect. Documentation may be downloaded for free in PDF; datasets may be ordered in SPSS or SAS format for a fee.

National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) Online (U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission)
The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) is a national probability sample of hospitals in the U.S. and its territories. Patient information is collected from each NEISS hospital for every emergency visit involving an injury associated with consumer products. From this sample, the total number of product-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms nationwide can be estimated. This web access to NEISS allows certain estimates to be retrieved online.

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (J. Richard Udry)
Add Health is a school-based study of the health-related behaviors of adolescents in grades 7-12. It has been designed to explore the causes of these behaviors, with an emphasis on the influence of social context. While this site provides useful information about the design of the new study, it does not allow downloading of data. Public release datasets are distributed at a price by Sociometrics Corp. as they become available, and are also available for download through ICPSR. DISC has the public use data Waves 1-2 and 3, 1994-1996 and 2001-2002, in our collection. Information about restricted-use Add Health data is also available on the Add Health site.

National Neighborhood Indicators Project (NNIP) (Urban Institute)

The National Neighborhood Indicators Project (NNIP) is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building. With 35 partners as of November 2011, from Atlanta to Washington, the NNIP fosters local projects to gather and use local data to effect community change. Note that reports of partner activities are often in PDF. Access to actual data may take considerable drilling-down into partner web sites.

Visit DISC in person to use the Urban Institutes flagship data product, the Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB), to analyze decennial Census data at the tract level from 1970 through 2000.

National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use Files (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
The Health-Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 in the United States mandated the creation of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), a clearinghouse for reporting on professional competence and conduct of physicians, dentists, and other health care practitioners. Information collected includes medical malpractice payments; adverse actions such as censures and revocations by licensing agencies, clinics and professional organizations; Medicare and Medicaid exclusions; and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency actions. The database came about to prevent health-care practitioners from escaping scrutiny in the wake of censures and malpractice by simply moving out of state. While the identifiable information in the NPDB can only be accessed by health-care entities and professional agencies, the site provides access to public-use statistical files for research purposes that can be freely downloaded in ASCII or SPSS. The public-use data goes back to 1990 and is updated quarterly.

New Beneficiary Data System (U.S. Social Security Administration)
The Social Security Administration's NBDS contains extensive information on the changing circumstances of aged and disabled beneficiaries. Based initially on a national cross-sectional survey of new beneficiaries in 1982, the original database has been expanded with information from administrative records and a second round of interviews in 1991. Variables measured in the original New Beneficiary Survey (NBS) include demographic characteristics; employment, marital and childbearing histories; household composition; health; income and assets; program knowledge; and information about the spouses of married respondents. Public use data and documentation may be downloaded from the site.

NHS Digital (National Health Service, U.K.)
NHS Digital is the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Statistics (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
This site provides a portal to free socio-economic statistics collected by the OECD. UW-Madison also subscribes to OECD iLibrary, OECD's premier fee-based product.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) (Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization)
PAHO is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American System and also serves as Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), the specialized health agency of the United Nations. From its Washington, D.C., headquarters, 27 country offices and three specialized centers in the region, PAHO promotes evidenced-based decision-making to improve and promote health as a driver of sustainable development.

Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) (National Science Foundation and National Institute on Aging and others)
The PSID is a longitudinal survey of a representative sample of US individuals and their families, ongoing since 1968. The data were collected each year through 1997, and every other year starting in 1999. Topics include income and wealth, expenses, education, and health care. A section on philanthropic giving and volunteering was added in 2001. A subsetting utility is available on the site, or data files may be downloaded in their entirety.

Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR) (Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science)
The Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR) links policies, data, and research for users to explore population developments. It is designed to meet the information needs of researchers, policy makers, civil society organizations and journalists. It includes detailed information on policies over time, a link catalog to socio-economic and demographic data, and an online repository of research outcomes. It covers countries outside of Europe as well.

Puerto Rican Maternal and Infant Health Study (PRMIHS) (Population Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University)
The PRMIHS is a cross-sectional study designed to provide information on the determinants of poor infant health among Puerto Ricans. The PRMIHS entailed collection of personal interview data from 2,763 mothers of Puerto Rican infants sampled from the 1994 and 1995 birth and infant death records of six U.S. vital statistics reporting areas (Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City, Pennsylvania) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The survey collected information on: infant mortality; birth weight; maternal health habits during pregnancy (e.g., nutrition, smoking, alcohol and drug use); prenatal care; well-baby care; illnesses and accidents during infancy; infant development and behavior; migration experience; acculturation; marriage patterns; social support. Data is freely available for download, subject to approval of an online application.

Quick Health Data Online (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
Quick Health Data Online (formerly known as National Women's Health Indicators Database) "provides state- and county-level data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories and possessions. Data are available by gender, race and ethnicity and come from a variety of national and state sources. The system is organized into eleven main categories, including demographics, mortality, natality, reproductive health, violence, prevention, disease and mental health. Within each main category, there are numerous subcategories." Results can be exported in Excel, CSV, PDF or TIFF.

RAND Corporation Public Use Databases (The RAND Corporation)
The mission of the RAND Corporation, a non-partisan non-profit organization headquartered in California, is "to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis." As part of their research work on social and economic policy issues, RAND makes available a collection of public use databases for user download (free registration generally required.) The databases on the RAND site include: Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD); Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS); Family Life Surveys; Health and Fertility Archive; Health and Retirement Study (HRS); Human Biospecimen Database; Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey; and more. The Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) of the RAND Corporation has made available online a collection of public use datasets designed for analyzing disparities in cost-of-living, disability, pollution, population and housing characteristics, segregation, street connectivity, and neighborhood socioeconomic status in the United States. The datasets are derived from public-use data from the U.S. Census, the American Chamber of Commerce Research Association, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the data covers the 1990-2000 time period. The data is available for various geographic summarization areas including census tract, county, and MSA, and has also been put into both 1990 and 2000 geographical definitions. Data formats include SAS, Stata, and CSV. Although access to documentation is available without prior approval, free registration is required for data download, along with a description of the research and who else is collaborating on the project, and registrations are reviewed before access is granted.

Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR))
The Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) is one of a growing number of special-purpose subsets within the vast data collections of the ICPSR. The focus of the RCMD is data for comparative analysis of issues affecting racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States. The subject coverage of the selected studies runs the gamut from education to housing to poverty to political participation. RCMD data falls into two general categories: studies that focus specifically on minority populations, such as the National Black Election Studies series; and studies with large enough sample sizes or ethnic/racial oversampling to permit meaningful analysis of issues that affect race and ethnic minority populations, such as the American Housing Survey series. While documentation is freely browsable, data download is available only to ICPSR member institutions, including UW-Madison.

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program provides state and county-level estimates of health insurance coverage status in the U.S. The program's estimates tend to be several years in the making; for example, in August 2009, SAHIE released 2006 estimates. At the state level, the estimates are categorized by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and income categories, while at the county level, the categories are by age, sex, and income. The estimate models combine data from various sources, including the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey, Census 2000, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program, aggregated federal tax returns, participation records for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), County Business Patterns, and Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) participation records.

Sociometrics Corporation (Sociometrics Corp)
The Sociometrics Corporation is a commercial entity that provides data & documentation in six major areas: sexuality, health & adolescence; family; social research on aging; drug abuse; AIDS/STD; and disability. Studies can be searched or browsed; The datasets may be ordered for a fee, or may be available through other DISC subscriptions.

State Health Facts (Kaiser Family Foundation)
The State Health Facts site "is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states." Coverage falls into twelve subject areas:

  • Demographics and the economy
  • Health costs and budgets
  • Health coverage and uninsured
  • Health insurance and managed care
  • Health Reform
  • Health status
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Medicare
  • Minority health
  • Providers and service use
  • Women's health
Each table provides the most current year's worth of data for all fifty states; no time-series data is included. Source descriptions and links are included. The site also provides single-state profiles and comparisons between states. Data download options are listed at the bottom of the page for each table. covers "state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation." Sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, users may look at statistics in a number of categories, including "Demographics and the Economy," "Health Status," "Health Coverage and Uninsured," and many others.

State of the Nation's Cities: A Comprehensive Database on American Cities and Suburbs (Center for Urban Policy Studies, Rutgers University)
This database of 77 cities and suburbs was contracted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the 1996 United Nations' Habitat II conference. The SONC database brings together over 3,000 variables from a wide variety of sources, allowing easy comparability of indicators on employment and economic development, demographic measures, housing and land use, income and poverty, fiscal conditions, and a host of other health, social, and environmental indicators." Users may download in a variety of formats including plain ASCII, SPSS portable file, Excel file, SAS formatted file, and a special file for Macintosh users.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
SAMHDA is a collection of substance abuse and mental health studies with a national focus. It provides public-use data files, file documentation, and access to restricted-use data files to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health. The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), has primary responsibility for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of SAMHSA's behavioral health data.

The Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx) (The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME))
The Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx) is created and supported by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington. The GHDx is built as a comprehensive catalog and repository of health and demographic datasets from different places and providers for research. Standardized citations are provided to encourage appropriate acknowledgment of data owners' contributions.

The Human Life-Table Database (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Department of Demography at the University of California-Berkeley, Institut national d'etudes demographiques)
The Human Life-Table Database (HLD), compiled by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the Department of Demography at the University of California-Berkeley, and the Institut national d'etudes demographiques (INED) in Paris, provides population life information for a variety of countries. Life tables describe the extent to which a generation of people (i.e. life table cohort) dies off with age. This database is a collection of population life tables covering a multitude of countries and many years. Most of the HLD life tables are life tables for national populations, which have been officially published by national statistical offices. Some of the HLD life tables refer to certain regional or ethnic sub-populations within countries. Parts of the HLD life tables are non-official life tables produced by researchers.

The International Data & Economic Analysis (IDEA) at USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID))
The International Data & Economic Analysis (IDEA) is USAID's source of economic and social data and analysis. The IDEA has over 12,000 data series from over 125 sources. The data are broken down by countries, years and the following sectors: Economy, Country Ratings and Rankings, Trade, Development Assistance, Education, Health, Population, and Natural Resources. Visitors can query the International Data & Economic Analysis (IDEA) by countries, series and periods. Results can be downloaded in csv format.

TransMONEE: Database of Socio-Economic Indicators for CEE/CIS Countries (United Nations Children's Fund and Innocenti Research Center)
TransMONEE contains over 150 economic and social indicators divided into ten different topics (population, natality, child and maternal mortality, life expectancy and adult mortality, family formation, health, education, child protection, crime indicators, and economic indicators) for 27 transition countries in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Annual time series data is available as far back as 1989. The TransMONEE data and country profiles are both available in Excel format.

Trends in Health and Aging (U.S. National Center for Health Statistics)
This site presents a collection of tables on trends in the health of older Americans showing data by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. Using the Beyond 20/20 system, users can browse and manipulate tables online, or download the tables and software for additional features, including mapping and statistical tests. Tables are categorized into 19 topics: Chronic Conditions, Functional Status and Disability, Health Care Expenditures, Health Care Utilization, Health Insurance, Immunization, Incontinence, Injury, Life Expectancy, Living Arrangements, Mental Health, Mortality, Oral Health, Perceived Health Status, Population (Nation and State), Risk Factors, Socio-Economic Status, Special Equipment Use, and Use and Cost of Prescription Medication.

U.N. Social Indicators (United Nations Statistics Division)
Most-recently-collected year's worth of basic figures for many countries, in HTML tables, in these categories: population, child-bearing, youth and elderly populations, education, human settlements, literacy, water supply and sanitation, income and economic activity, housing, and unemployment.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Highlights from the USDA site include:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

U.S. Renal Data System (U.S. Health Care Financing Administration)
The USRDS is a national data system that collects, analyzes, and distributes information about end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. Since Medicare includes an entitlement for ESRD treatment, data collection on this condition is extensive. The site includes an Annual Data Report (ADR) in PDF, and reference tables in PDF or text format. Instructions for contacting the USRDS with specific data requests are included as well.

UNdata (United Nations)
The United Nations is undertaking to bring together many of its various statistical databases under a single interface, at UNdata. UNdata carries 34 databases containing over 60 million records, covering a range of topics including population, industry, energy, trade and national accounts. The databases are accessible either by keyword searching from a single search page, or through a menu of databases. UNdata replaces the UN Common Database, which was discontinued after the December 2007 edition. However, the trade information in Undata does not replace UN COMTRADE, which continues to cover a deeper and more fully-featured set of merchandise statistics.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (United Nations Children's Fund)
This is the official home page for UNICEF. There is a wealth of information available, as well as statistical data broken down by country, in addition to various world maps for selected indicators. Statistics may be accessed under the "Information Resources" link.

Wisconsin Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) (Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA), University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Wisconsin is one of 20 states that links hospital discharge data with vehicle crash data from the Department of Transportation, providing information on the types of injury and costs associated with various kinds of crashes. The Wisconsin CODES site carries tables, some in HTML and some in PDF, such as statewide crash-level and injury outcome reports back to 1996. DISC has the public-use data files containing annual data for Wisconsin, 1992-2002. Please see DISC staff for access to the public-use files, which are available under certain conditions and restrictions.

Wisconsin Health Statistics (Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS))
This site provides links to statistics on various aspects of health information in Wisconsin. Topical links include cancer, health care providers, health insurance status, Behavioral Risk Factor survey, Family Health survey, local data, minority health, oral health, vital statistics, and tracking the state health plan (Healthiest Wisconsin 2010).

WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) (Centers for Disease Control)
WISQARS (pronounced "whiskers") is a project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, designed to allow custom queries for injury-relateddata. WISQARS combines mortality data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics and population data from the Census Bureau, beginning in 1981. The site has two sections: WISQARS Fatal, for injury mortality data; and WISQARS Nonfatal, for national estimates of non-fatal injuries. Reports can be produced by year, age, race, sex, Hispanic origin, and state.

World Bank Data (World Bank)
The World Bank launched its World Bank Data site in April 2010, an open-data initiative freely offering indicators and statistics about development that previously were accessible only by subscription. The Data Catalog on the site includes World Development Indicators (UW-Madison previously subscribed), Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, Millennium Development Indicators, and more. The products grouped together in the searchable "Databank" comprise over 2000 indicators, some of which go back as far as 50 years; products from the Databank and others as well can be downloaded in Excel or CSV formats.

World Health Organization (WHO) (World Health Organization and United Nations)
WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations whose function is to give worldwide guidance and set global standards for health, cooperating with governments in strengthening national health programs. See the "Data and Statistics" area of the site for links to international statistical information, including: the Global Burden of Disease project; mortality and health status statistics; statistics by disease or condition; immunization; and risk factors such as alcohol, obesity, and tobacco.

World Health Organization Statistical Information System (WHOSIS) (World Health Organization)
Provides searching and browsing options for finding international health-related statistics on the WHO web site and beyond. Online databases accessible from the WHOSIS page include Core Health Indicators; Life Tables; Mortality; Tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; Alcohol; and Global Health Atlas. The WHO data offerings are more extensive than is immediately apparent. Users may want to use the site-search function on the WHOSIS page. The site also offers what they call a WHOSIS query service, consisting of a Frequently Asked Questions document and a contact form to send a question to WHO staff.

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