Health Statistics

Before getting started, think about the following:

  • Potential sources:  What government agencies, foundations, or national organizations have an interest in collecting, summarizing, and/or publishing statistics on this topic? Is there an National Institutes of Health agency that does research in this area?
  • Geographic scope: County, state, national, and international


Public Health in Arkansas Communities Search (PHACS) – UAMS College of Public Health

County Health Rankings – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Directory of State Health Department Websites – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HRSA Data Warehouse – US Department of Health and Human Services

Morbidity and Mortalitiy Weekly Report (MMWR) – Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System – Kaiser Family Foundation


Statistical Abstract of the United States – US Census Bureau

NCHS FastStats A-Z – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Wonder – Chronic and infectious diseases; environmental health; occupational health; injuries; health practice; health promotion.

HCUPnet – AHRQ’s Health Care Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).  Data on hospital stays at the national, state, and local levels.


International – Kaiser Family Foundation

Demographic and Health Surveys – Most country surveys collect information on basic demographic and health topics, including fertility, family planning, maternal and child health and nutrition as well as special topics in response to emerging health issues and changing trends.

WHO Infobase – World Health Organization