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Health Statistics

General Statistics - Major organizations which produce health and medical data

The purpose of this page is to provide a starting point for locating health statistics, primarily in North America. Sites were selected based upon the authority and/or reputation of the issuing body in addition to the quality and organization of the website. Major international bodies that produce health/medical data are included below.

See also: Directory of Health and Human Services Data Resources. The HHS Directory of Health and Human Services Data Resources is a compilation of information about virtually all major data collection systems sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Bureau of Justice Statistics
Component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. Primary source for criminal justice statistics, including crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) whose mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.
The Congressional Research Service
Provides specialized research and analysis to members of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch within the Library of Congress, CRS works exclusively as a nonpartisan analytical, research, and reference arm for Congress.


Eurostat, Statistical Office of the European Communities
Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
  • The latest, detailed and comparable statistical data on the European Union.
More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
The Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA), a project of the INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH (ICPSR), is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. HMCA's holdings consist of empirical data collected by health care researchers in universities as well as in public and private agencies with the aid of grants from the Foundation.

Each data file is provided as an ASCII text file. Some data files are provided in other formats as well -- SPSS Export, SAS Transport, OSIRIS, Dbase, or Stata.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Independent philanthropic organization focused on major health care issues facing the nation.
National Association for Public Health Statistics& Information Systems
NAPHSIS does not distribute ANY health statistics. However, their mission is to provide national leadership in advocating, creating, and maintaining comprehensive high quality public health information systems that integrate vital records registration, public health statistics, and other health information.
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
NCHS, the Federal Government's principal vital and health statistics agency, is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Surgeon General of the Public Health Service
Reports and other publications on nutrition, violence, and HIV/AIDS?to name but a few?have heightened America's awareness of important public health issues and generated major public health initiatives.
Pan American Health Organization - Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization.
PAHO is an international public health agency working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.
Population Reference Bureau
Provides data on US and international population trends and their implications. PRB has five Web sites that provide data on a range of topics within the fields of population, health, and nutrition.
  • MEASURE Communication promotes wider dissemination and increased use of information on population, health, and nutrition for planning and decision making in developing countries.
  • PopNet is a comprehensive directory of population-related Web sites.
  • AmeriStat includes a series of charts, graphs, and brief narratives describing demographic trends in five subject areas including marriage and family, education, and poverty and income.
  • provides data and analysis on the critical relationships between population, health, and the environment.
RAND Health
RAND is a nonprofit institute that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND Health is the nation's largest private health care research organization.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was established as a national philanthropy in 1972 and today it is the largest US foundation devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans.
The Urban Institute
A nonprofit policy research organization whose goals are to improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens' awareness about important public choices.
US Census Bureau
The preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.
  • American FactFinder. Information included: 2000 Census Basic Population and Housing Data (PL94-171) information for all states (total population and race) 1990 Census Basic and Detailed Tables
  • Census 2000
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States 1995-1999
    As the National Data Book it contains collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. An online subject guide is available.
  • International Data Base (IDB)
    Databank containing statistical tables of demographic, and socioeconomic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.
  • State & County QuickFacts. Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography
  • The State Data Center (SDC) Program. Official sources of demographic, economic, and social statistics produced by the Census Bureau. These data are made available by the Census Bureau to the SDCs at no charge (fees may be charged for customized products).
United Nations
International body dedicated to resolving international conflict and formulating international policies.
  • UNSTATS. "The largest and most authoritative compilation of United Nations and agency statistics ever compiled, covering economic, social, financial and development topics. There is no comparable international database available in print or on the Web, from any source. Available to University of Chicago users only.
  • See the "National Statistics" page for a listing of government agencies world wide responsible for national statistics.
  • United Nations Dag Hammarskj?ld Library Catalog. Excellent source for identifying UN documents.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is defined by its Constitution as the directing and coordinating authority on international health work.