Health Data Source Quick Stop

Looking for data sources for your research?

There are thousands out there in the public domain.  We started a listing here and will add more if you help us!  Send us you favorite URLs for data sources for health data research to:

We will be updating the list of sources periodically, so check back!!

US Data Sources

Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC/National Center for Health Statistics

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of the Chief Data Officer

George Washington University Compilation

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Compilation

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)


National Library of Medicine (NLM)

University of California at Irvine Machine Learning Repository


International Data Sources:

World Health Organization

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries.

Important US Household Surveys:

American Community Survey (ACS)
The ACS helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed US population and housing information.

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
The NHIS has been conducted since 1957 by the National Center for health statistics [NCHS] and its predecessor agency. The survey collects data from a large representative sample of households in the United States. NHIS is “the principal source of information on the health of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States.” It includes data on health status, care, demography and behaviors.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The BRFSS consists of a series of state-based household surveys conducted by state health departments with technical assistance and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), conducted since 1996, is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the US. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
The NSDUH is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA]. The survey tracks substance abuse and mental health of the non-institutionalized population of the US.