NIH Library Research Tools Health Statistics

Health Statistics

Table of Contents
Demographic Resources
Drug Abuse
Genetic & Molecular
HIV & Infectious Disease
Learning Resources
Mental Health
State Health Agencies
Tools, Resources, Software
Vital Statistics & Other U.S. Data
Non-federal sites that aggregate, map, and/or chart data


Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. From the CDC.

Cancer Mortality Maps and Graphs
Maps, text, tables and figures showing the geographic patterns of cancer death rates throughout the United States from 1950 to 1994 for about 40 cancers. From the NCI.

Cancer Statistics
Information from the National Cancer Institute on cancer statistics. Includes reports of cancer rates and trends, a statistics glossary, and data tools.

Cancer Data and Statistics
CDC site containing data on lung cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer; includes the estimated number of new cancer cases and cancer deaths, and the age-adjusted mortality rates for cancer deaths by race for each state; fact sheets were updated in June 2004.

Provides access to information on the occurrence of cancer world-wide held by the Descriptive Epidemiology Group (DEP) of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Non-Federal Web site.

Cancer Query System
Access to these statistical databases: SEER Incidence Statistics, US Mortality Statistics, SEER Survival Statistics, Cancer Prevalence Database, Probability of Developing or Dying from Cancer, and Delay-Adjusted SEER Incidence Rates. From NCI.

Cancer Statistics Review (CSR)
Search tool for SEER’s annual CSR report, published by the NCI.

Cancer incidence and mortality.

Commission on Cancer
Search database of Approved Cancer Programs, the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) for Benchmark Reports, the NCDB for Survival Reports. From the American College of Surgeons.

Fast Stats (NCI)
U.S. cancer statistics organized by site, race/ethnicity, sex, and age. Presented by the NCI.

National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
CDC site featuring data from state cancer registries as well as tools and reports.

State Cancer Profiles
System of interactive maps and graphs enabling the investigation of cancer trends at the national, state, and county level.

American Heart Association
Heart disease and stroke statistics, offered in a variety of formats.

Asthma Mortality Maps
U.S. and state maps of CDC mortality data, provided by NHLBI. Data can be filtered by sex and race. Click within a state map to see more detail about the Health Service Area.

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Maps
U.S. and state maps of CDC mortality data, provided by NHLBI. Data can be filtered by sex and race. Click within a state map to see more detail about the Health Service Area.

Demographic Resources
U.S. Census Bureau
Find quick answers to demographic questions such as "What is the U.S. population?" "What is the poverty threshold?" "Which is America's largest minority group?" The site also has data sets, software, and reports on a wide variety of topics.
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Diabetes Data & Trends
The CDC Diabetes Surveillance System collects, analyzes, and disseminates data on diabetes and its complications. Charts and tables can be generated for data such as prevalence, incidence, duration, complications, and more.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
Statistics and resources on diabetes in America with a focus on American children, African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos, and the Pima Indians. From the NIDDK.

Drug Abuse

Alcohol Data/Statistical Tables
NIAAA data on alcohol consumption, dependence, economic data, risk behavior, and more.

Drug Abuse Trends & Statistics
Links to several NIDA reports and data on drug use.

Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Links to national statistics and research data regarding mental health and alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.


Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Provides access to maps of environmental health information and data from the Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) system, which describes public health consequences associated with accidental releases of hazardous substances..

NIEHS - National Toxicology Program
Includes data from more than 500 two-year, two species, toxicology and carcinogenesis studies collected by the NTP and its predecessor, the National Cancer Institute's Carcinogenesis Testing Program, stored in a database at NIEHS. Also contains results from toxicity studies from shorter duration tests and from genetic toxicity studies, which includes both in vitro and in vivo tests.

Genetic & Molecular

Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGENet)
Contains the HuGE Published Literature Database, an online knowledge base of population-based, epidemiological studies of human genes published in journals included in PubMed; and the Genotype Prevalence Catalog, which includes population-based genotype frequency data that are stratified by geographic area, race, and/or gender.

Association of American Medical Colleges
Data regarding medical students, residents, schools, and teaching hospitals.

Data Collection and Analysis of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)
CDC surveillance data on nosocomial infections.

Data & Surveys
Statistics on various aspects of health care expenditures and hospital usage, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Health Insurance
US Census Bureau data and reports regarding health insurance coverage.

National Health Expenditure Data
Historical and projected health spending in the U.S. From the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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HIV & Infectious Disease

ISID - Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases
ProMED-Mail serves as a central site for global news, updates, and discussions of outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging diseases that affect human health. It also links to outbreak maps. Operated by the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Non-federal site.

Includes AIDS Public Use Data, STD morbidity, and tuberculosis.

Global Health Atlas
Provides access to static and interactive maps, reports, and charts on several diseases of international significance. From WHO.

HIV & AIDS Costs & Use
A resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding usage of health services by people with HIV.

HIV / AIDS Data and Statistics
The UNAIDS/WHO Global HIV/AIDS Online Database collates the most recent country-specific data on the spread and impact of the virus, together with information on risk behaviors. Health sector response information is also an essential part of this database.

HIV/AIDS Statistics and Surveillance
CDC statistics on HIV/AIDS in the United States.


European Community Health Indicators (ECHI)
Data from EU member countries on core measures, such as population, birth rate, vaccinations, hospital beds, etc.

United Nations UNData Portal
Created by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UNdata is a single entry point for statistical resources of the UN.

WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)
Core health statistics for the 193 WHO Member States.

World Bank's Open Data Initiative
Access to the World Bank Data Catalog, which contains over 2,000 indicators from World Bank data sources. Date is developed by the World Bank, Development Data Group, which coordinates statistical and data work and maintains a number of macro, financial and sector databases.

Learning Resources

BMJ Publications
Archive of Theme Issues which includes a section on Statistics and Research Methods. Also includes a Book Collection, which contains the following titles: (1) Statistics at Square One, (2) Epidemiology for the Uninitiated, and (3) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine.

Finding and Using Health Statistics
Online tutorial from the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), part of the National Library of Medicine.

NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods
Online update of the classic National Bureau of Standards Handbook 91, Experimental Statistics. Its "goal is to help scientists and engineers incorporate statistical methods into their work as efficiently as possible."

Mental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Prevalence data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

Center for Mental Health Statistics, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provides guidance and technical assistance to decision makers at all levels of government on the design, structure, content, and use of mental health information systems, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of mental health programs and services delivery. CMHS operates the only program in the Nation that focuses on the development of data standards that provide the basis for uniform, comparable, high-quality statistics on mental health services, making it a model in the health care statistics field.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States and includes several behavioral measures.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Provides links to several data and statistics sites related to mental health, including the Global Burden of Disease study.

Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Links to national statistics and research data regarding mental health and alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

Please also see the International and Vital Statistics sections for data and statistics that include behavioral measures and prevalence of mental disorders.


Occupational Code Assignment System (CodeSearch)
PC-based system which provides users with an interactive method for assigning standardized industry and occupation codes to related job description titles from specific studies.

OSHA - Occupational Epidemiology Surveillance
Collection of resources that includes epidemiologic surveillance resources, Federal and State level datasets, and a bibliography of General, Occupational, and Environmental epidemiology methods.

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State Health Agencies

U.S. State Health Agencies
List of state health departments, from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Tools, Resources, Software

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Links to datasets, tools, publications, and applications of geospatial public health data. From the NCI.

GIS tools from the CDC
Resources for Creating Public Health Maps.

NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics Tools
A collection of analysis, design, and other epidemiology tools from NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics.

Vital Statistics & Other U.S. Data

Includes data on births, causes of death, infant deaths, and reports from the CDC 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System (MMWR Mortality Table).

Directory of Health and Human Services Data Resources
A list of links to data from several HHS agencies, including ACF, CMS, FDA, IHS, and others.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
National Center for Health Statistics is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States and is one of the major data collection programs of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
An ongoing series of surveys, combining interviews and physical examinations, that are used to identify risk factors and develop national standards and public health policies.

Non-federal sites that aggregate, map, and/or chart data

Compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.

Data from the US Census Bureau, the FBI, and the National Center for Educational Statistics.

This We Know
Geographical and legislative information from that is searchable from a simple web-based interface.