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Health Statistics: Get Started

This guide highlights health data available at the state, federal and international level in several areas of health care and health administration. Primary sources are the Federal Government and international agencies.


This guide highlights some of the most frequently requested  health data available. The guide also includes some health related web mapping sites.

Places to start:

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (BC Community Only)
Extensive archive of research data from academic and commercial sources. Includes health surveys, medical expenditure surveys and opinion polls.

Statistical Abstract of the U. S.   Historical Statistics.  (BC Community Only)
Standard source for U.S. statistics with tables of statistics from federal and international agencies. Section 3 covers health and nutrition. Online data available from 1995 edition forward. Print and microfiche back to 1878.

Statistical Data Catalog.
Access to numeric data sources available at Boston College faculty and students. Includes abastracts and direct links to data and guidebooks. Select material type data and type in keyword.

ProQuest Statistical Insight (BC Community Only)
Covers international, federal and state data sources in addition to private sources.

Addtional Statistical Sources:

International Statistics

U.S. Statistics

There are many more sources available, if you do not find what you need please contact  Barbara Mento.

Data Collections

Health data is collected by U.S. and international agencies and is often available for free.

Subject Guide

Barbara Mento
O'Neill 313