Welcome to Health Statistics Research Guide:

The Health Statistics Guide provides links to national as well as international health data on health care, diseases and statistical resources of interest to health professionals.

Bruce Abbott

Subject Specialist Librarian



In this Guide:


  • FedStats
    A well-organized site for statistical information available from more than 100 U.S. government agency web sites. Statistics can be searched by keyword or browsed by topic or agency.

Kids Count Data Center


MeSH Terms:

  • Biostatistics
  • “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)”
  • “National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)”
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Vital Statistics
  • “statistics and numerical data”[MeSH Subheading]
  • Incidence
  • Epidemiology
  • Utilization[MeSH Subheading]

Search in Databases A-Z:

Statistics Tutorials:

Best Places To Start:

  • Gapminder World
    Contains over 200 indicators displaying trends–in some cases back to the year 1800. The data in Gapminder World is constantly updated and refined.
    It is freely accessible.

CDC Data & Statistics page

Health Maps

General Directories of Statistical Resources


CDC Map: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)

CDC: Fatal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Data & Statistics Map

Binge Drinking:

Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
Running Time: (4:23) Release Date: 04/13/2010

Adolescent Health Statistics:


Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

Environmental Health Maps:

CDC: National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures

  • CDC: National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures
    The goal of this initiative was to develop an Action Agenda with clear, achievable recommendations to help government agencies and other organizations strengthen their efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures.Click: The National Conversation Action Agenda for full report.

Animal Environmental Health

HealthMaps: Oil Spill Alerts


Health Disparities Populations

Diverse Populations & Health Websites

  • Healthy People 2020Edit/DeleteQuick Stats
    Healthy People 2020 challenges individuals, communities, and professionals—indeed, all of us— to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, are enjoyed by all.
  • Health Disparities & Minority Health Information ResourcesEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    MEDLINE/PubMed Search and Health Disparities & Minority Health Information Resources
  • Medline Plus: Population GroupsEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    Locate trusted health information provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health about a variety of population groups.
  • Women’s Health: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    Locate information on the federal governments source for women’s health.
  • Minority Women’s Health: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    This is the federal governments source for minority women’s health information.
  • Office of Minority Health: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs.
  • National Institutes of Health: Minority HealthEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    The National Institutes of Health provides information on a select group of minorities.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    Find information regarding various populations and their health from the U.S. Department of health and Human Services.
  • Center for Cross-Cultural ResearchEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    The Center for Cross-Cultural Psychology was established for the scientific study of and education about cultural influences on human psychological functioning. Culture is broadly taken to mean shared meanings and understanding (e.g., values, norms, attitudes) held by group members.
  • Intute: Health and Life Sciences – NursingEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    Formerly known as NMAP, Intute offers access to a variety of credible web resources for nursing, midwifery, and allied health. One may search MeSH headings as well as RCN headings. One can also search for information on Medicine, Bioresearch, the History and Medicine and other Life Science related topics.
  • Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHP)Edit/DeleteQuick Stats
    Recognizing the diversity and the different ways to health, the mission of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program is to serve as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to ensure full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.
  • Transcultural C.A.R.E. AssociatesEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates is a private organization providing keynote presentations, workshops, seminars, consultations, and training focusing on clinical, administrative, research and education.
  • Association of Clinicians for the UnderservedEdit/DeleteQuick Stats
    ACU is a nonprofit, transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates, and health care organizations united in a common mission to improve the health of America’s underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations.

Health Disparities Data

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Local Statistics:

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International: HIV/AIDS

AHRQ Hospital Statistics:

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World Bank DataFinder Mobile Apps 

The new DataFinder app highlights the progress that’s been made at the Bank since the Open Data Initiative was launched in April 2010. For the first time, the Bank’s data are available to users on any of the three major mobile platforms – and in four languages with the following features:

  • Charts and Maps: visually compare countries and indicators
  • Advanced Queries: create, edit and save custom tables
  • Social: share what you create on Twitter and Facebook
  • Current data: pull directly from the World Bank API
  • Multilingual: works in English, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Cross platform: available on Android, Blackberry, iPhone and iPad

European Health Statistics:

Datasets, mapping apps, and visualization apps


  • California Health and Human Services Open Data Portal
  • Chronic Disease GIS Exchange (CDC)
    The Chronic Disease GIS exchange is an on-line forum for public health professionals and community leaders to learn and share techniques for using GIS to enhance chronic disease prevention and treatment.
  • Data-Planet statistical datasets
    Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers powerful capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.
  • Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
    Documents variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States, using Medicare data.
  • Diabetes Map
    Interactive maps with global, country, and regional data from the International Diabetes Foundation
  • Eurostat Database
    Eurostat’s mission: to be the leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe.Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
  • Global Open Data Index
    The Global Open Data Index, an initiative of Open Knowledge International, is at once an index of government open data and an assessment of these indexes
  • Google Public Data Explorer
    Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize, and communicate. As charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.
  • HealthMap: Global Disease Alert Map
    Compiles data sources on the current global state of infectious diseases and their effects on human and animal health.
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) Data Visualizations
    Free and easily accessible data provided in innovative ways to visualize complex health issues in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke (CDC)
  • USDA Food Environment Atlas
  • World Mapper
    A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.

Kids Count Data Center

U.S. Census Bureau: Poverty

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  • FedStats
    A well-organized site for statistical information available from more than 100 U.S. government agency web sites. Statistics can be searched by keyword or browsed by topic or agency.

Gender/Ethnic: Health Statistics

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CDC FastStats: State and Territorial Data Map:

  • CDC FastStats: State and Territorial Data Map

CDC: Travelers’ Health